Recently, Kawasaki has filled new emission documents with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), it is expected that the green giant, is getting ready to introduce a naked variant of the Kawasaki Ninja 400. Reportedly, the CARB document is unveiling the presence of two 400cc bikes with the shared powertrain. It would be the Ninja 400 and the ER400DK which could be considered the Z400, a naked streetfighter. Because, the prefix “ER” in Kawasaki’s model terminology represents a naked bike, and the ‘K’ refers to the 2019 model year. The whole guess is made on the basis of already available Z300 in the global market which is codenamed as ER300BG.
The Z400 is likely to be powered by 399 cc, parallel-twin engine shared with the Kawasaki Ninja 400. As, its kind of tradition in brand’s lineup, the Z250 gets the Ninja 250 engine, the Ninja 650 shares with the Z650 while the Ninja 1000 and the Z1000 also shares the same engine and underpinnings.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been discontinued in the global market, though Indian market is getting its availability alongside the newly launched Ninja 400. The Ninja 300 is being assembled locally so it priced quite cheaper at INR 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom) as compared to Ninja 400 which asks for INR 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Kawasaki Z400 is probable to debut in front of the global audience at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan, in November this year. Whereas, there is no sign of its arrival to the Indian market as of now. In current range of naked streetfighters, the Kawasaki India is offering models like the Z250, Z650, Z900, Z900RS and the Z1000.
In terms of pricing, if the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 launches, it will get the price tag around INR 4 lakhs. The model will get competition with the rivals in the segment the KTM 390 Duke priced at INR 2.40 lakhs, the BMW G310 is on sale at INR 2.99 lakhs.
Well, there is a major difference of engine type, the Z400 packs a parallel-twin engine unit that makes it a costlier offering as compared to models the 390 Duke and the G 310R which uses single-cylinder motors. Still, the price tag is quite high. How would the model perform in the segment, the future will tell? As of now, it is not clear that when will the model will hit the Indian tarmac.