Bajaj Avenger 160 ABS has been launched in India officially. The cruiser has started reaching dealerships and deliveries will commence soon.
As we told you earlier, the Avenger 180 will soon be discontinued in India. The 180cc two-valve engine is old and will be expensive to upgrade to BS-6 compliance. Although, reports suggest that it has been already discontinued.
It has now been replaced by Bajaj Avenger 160, which is basically identical looking with a new engine. The 160cc engine is taken from the NS160, which is a 4-valve engine and produces the same power figures.
Bajaj Avenger 160 ABS is priced at Rs 82,353 (ex-showroom Delhi), which is nearly Rs 7,000 cheaper than the 180, which comes without ABS.
It gets a 160.3cc oil-cooled 4-valve engine, that delivers 15 BHP and 13.5 Nm of peak torque. Avenger with the 180cc engine delivers the same power and lower torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The power to weight ratio now stands at 103.3 PS/Ton.
The Avenger 160 gets the same ‘Street’ styling from the 180cc version. It gets completely blacked out parts, low slung seat, an analogue single pod speedometer and alloy wheels.
The test ride and display units have started reaching dealerships. The deliveries are about to commence very soon. It is available in ‘Ebony Black’ and ‘Spicy Red’ colours.
Another reason for the discontinuation of Avenger 180 is because it was placed too close to the 220cc version. As a result, Avenger 220 was reporting better sales than the 180cc counterpart.
For suspension, it continues with telescopic forks at the front and twin-shock absorbers at the back. Braking is taken care of by a disc brake at the front with ABS and a rear drum brake.
Bajaj Avenger 160 will continue against the likes of Suzuki Intruder, which is another affordable entry-level cruiser. It is priced at Rs 1.05 Lakhs (ex-showroom), which also puts it against Avenger 220 series.
With the inclusion of a more affordable Avenger, we can see the sales of Bajaj’s cruiser series increasing gradually.