There were rumours around the corners that a 250cc motorcycle from Suzuki to launch this year. The motorcycle is highly expected to get the Gixxer 250 moniker in India and launch around Diwali in October 2019. However, no spied event for the bike in question is registered by the biking enthusiasts.
Earlier, the motorcycle launch was expected by mid-2019, however, as per the latest details available, the Kawasaki Gixxer 250 is scheduled to launch after 5-6 months. Other than this, the speculations suggest, the new 250cc Suzuki motorcycle will be based on the Haojue DR300 in terms of overall design and looks. FYI, Haojue is the brand’s local partner for the Chinese market. With the 250cc motorcycle, Suzuki seems to follow Yamaha’s strategy of launching a fan-focused, affordable yet powerful offering. There are lots of chances that the forthcoming motorcycle will be a street bike as almost every manufacturer follows the same process of first launching a street bike which later followed by a full fairing model with major part sharing.
In terms of pricing, the Gixxer 250 is expected to hover around INR 1.50 lakh with chances of 10% reduction in price if the brand thinks of placing the model around Yamaha FZ25 ex-showroom pricing. Currently, the 2019 Yamaha FZ25 bike with dual channel ABS is available to purchase at INR 1.33 lakh. As the Yamaha FZ25 comes packed with the safety of dual channel ABS. The new Gixxer 250 will also get the safety of ABS as standard. The Indian government has mandate ABS for motorcycles above 125cc displacement from 1st April 2019, which would bound Suzuki to arm Gixxer 250 with ABS unit as standard fitment.
Yamaha FZ25 ABS variant asks for INR 12,000 premium over the standard variant. On the other hand, there is a difference of INR 6500 among ABS equipped Suzuki Gixxer 155 and Yamaha FZ models. As similar to its lower displacement Gixxer model, Suzuki will be focused to keep pricing in check for the new Gixxer 250, which could result in a stronghold to the automaker in the quarter-litre segment. Under the fuel tank, the Gixxer 250 is likely to get an air+oil cooled engine. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, the mill is expected to develop 22-24HP of maximum power. At featuring front, we could find the new Gixxer 250 equipped with an all-digital instrument console as like other latest models from Suzuki. The instrument cluster will convey information regarding speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, clock, gear indicator, etc. The customer response for the motorcycle will depend on the bike’s design and power-to-weight-ratio.