KTM Confirms much-hyped 390 Adventure India Launch; Could Hit Market In 2019

The India launch of the KTM 390 Adventure has been confirmed from the Austrian bike maker. The motorcycle is highly-awaited in the segment since Bajaj Auto, Managing Director, Rajiv Bajaj considered it at the RC range launch event last year. Its presence at Indian dealerships is plausible in 2019. In the adventure motorcycle segment that is in its developing phase in the country, this smallest adventure offering from KTM will go in competition with the likes of already available Royal Enfield Himalayan and the ready to launch BMW G 310 GS.

Mr Amit Nandi - President (Probiking), Bajaj Auto said about the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, "KTM is a niche brand for a select few. With the 390 Adventure, we would be making our long-awaited entry into the niche premium dual-sport segment which is a very apt segment for Indian roads."

In the niche segment, the brand is expecting a lot from the KTM 390 Adventure as it will create an all-new customer base for the brand at entry level. Styling cues of the motorcycle will be shared elements from KTM’s rally-racing history and the elder sibling KTM 1290 Super Adventure. In term of looks, the 390 Adventure will seem identical to its brand’s adventure range including the 1290 Adventure as its Duke series appears. Other than this, we could witness alloy wheels. However, the spoke wheels option will be kept remain open.

The underpinning is more likely to be shared with the 390 Duke. The upcoming 2019 KTM 390 Adventure is expected to be based on same trellis frame with the host of adjustments for ADV duties such as a long travel suspension setup. Other features could include full LED headlamp unit, TFT instrument console, riding modes and ride-by-wire as well. As the company claims, the KTM 390 Adventure will be "a state-of-the-art package to ride long distances and conquer any terrain."

In terms of propelling power, the adventure tourer is expected to be fitted with the 373 cc single-cylinder engine performing powering duties on the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390. However, the engine will be tuned to perform according to the adventure bike. On the KTM Duke, the engine churns out 43 bhp and 37 Nm of peak torque. Similar power figures can be expected for the 390 Adventure as well.

Additionally, a larger fuel tank, comfortable seating and obviously the upright riding position that sports rider in adv bikes, could also be witnessed in a full-fledged 390 Adventure.

The manufacturing of the 390 Adventure will also be handled as similar to other entry-level KTM at the brand’s Chakan based facility. It could be showcased in front of the audience at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy by the end of this year. While the sales are expected to begin sometime next year.