So, Bajaj Avenger 160 is coming in for real! It will use Pulsar NS160’s engine and is reportedly launching by end of March or first week of April 2019.
Earlier, we reported that apparently, Bajaj is planning to launch a 160cc Avenger in India. Further media reports confirm the development of the new cruiser. It might replace the current Avenger 180.
Bajaj Avenger 160 is reportedly launching by the last week of March or first week of April 2019. This will be the sixth version of the Avenger cruiser launched in India.
The 160cc Avenger will borrow the engine from Pulsar NS160. Also, the new cruiser will be BS-6 compliant. The old 180cc engine is a 2-valve engine, which will experience more problems to be updated with new emission norms.
Bajaj Avenger 160 will sport a 160cc air-cooled SOHC engine, that is capable of delivering 15.5 BHP and 14.6 Nm of peak torque. The power figures are the same on Avenger 180, just the torque is less by 1 Nm.
The motor will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox, just like the Avenger 180. The refinement and tuning will be the same as found on Pulsar NS160’s engine.
With a smaller capacity engine, the mileage figures will be better. The claimed mileage for the 180cc cruiser stands at 45 kmpl. The new bike will offer a claimed mielage of around 48-50 kmpl.
Other than that, there will be no mechanical upgrades. To distinct Bajaj Avenger 160 from the 180cc Avenger, Bajaj might offer the new cruiser with some different colour options. The graphics and paint job might be updated.
Since the safety norms are kicking in soon, the Bajaj Avenger 160 will be equipped with a single-channel ABS. A disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the back will handle the braking.
The Avenger 160 will be priced similarly to the 180cc variant. With inclusion of ABS, we expect the 160cc cruiser to be priced around Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom), demanding a hike of Rs 7000.
It will continue to compete with the likes of Suzuki Intruder 150, which is priced at Rs 1 Lakh (ex-showroom).