Bajaj Auto has revealed that it will launch a new 125cc bike range in 2020. This comes after Discover 125 fails to attract much attention due to its rivals, which include Honda CB Shine and Hero Glamour.
Bajaj Auto currently has Discover and V12 in the 125cc segment. However, both are underperforming and fail to attract much attention. At a recent interview of Forbes with Rajiv Bajaj, he said that in 2020 he is going to launch a new range of Avengers, Dominar, Pulsar and also a new 125cc bike range. Yes, you heard it right. Looks like their whole bike lineup is getting a reshuffle.
So let’s start off with the exact plan of Bajaj.
The home-grown automaker currently has the Discover and V12 in the market. Since the past few years, the sales figures of the Discover has fallen down tremendously. The once popular bike is no longer demanded.
Well, if you ask the reason for this then it is the competition. The Discover rivals the Honda CB Shine 125 and Hero Glamour 125. Both of them are performing good in the market.
Another premium commuter segment Bajaj bike is the V12. It is worse than the Discover, as it has not sold a single unit in July 2018. The sales of V12 has literally fallen from a good 3900 units in July 2017 as compared to 0 in July 2018.
So, there could be a new range of 125cc motorcycles, which we think would include 3 bikes. Recently, a 125cc test mule of the Platina was spotted testing. It came equipped with a front disc brake. However, there are no such rumours about the Platina 125.
Currently, the Discover and V12 sport a 124.6cc air-cooled engine. The engine brings out 11 BHP of power and 11 Nm of peak torque. As it is launching in 2020, Bajaj might roll out the new 125cc range with BS-VI compliant engines.
Recently, we covered Bajaj targeting Pulsars with lesser powerful engines and exploring the segment between 125-150cc. So, we think that a new Pulsar 125 might launch and be a part of the new 125cc bike range.
Rajiv Bajaj has commented on this situation regarding the 125cc motorcycle segment. He says, “We are missing out on mid-segment 125cc, I think it’s about 2.5 lakh bikes a month. It’s not small. If you have a 20 per cent share there, it gives you a considerable number. Certainly, we are missing out on a big slice and we have to make up for that with a new brand which we are working on… We are not vacating this 125 segment. We are working on a new product and will cover it up.”
As of now, these are the only details available with us right now. Check out Carblogindia for more updates on the upcoming bikes this year.