Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 will debut India in early 2019. First, it will be bought as a CBU and later will be manufactured in India. The Swedish bike manufacturer is owned by KTM, who in turn is owned in India by Bajaj Auto.
As we earlier reported that Bajaj is going to launch Husqvarna bikes in India in 2019. Latest reports say that Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 will be first bought as CBU in India. Later down the line, both the bikes will be locally manufactured. The main production of Husqvarna bikes takes place in Austria, from where the India-spec bikes will come. Bajaj states that since it is too late to start the production, for the first six months it will be imported. The launch is on schedule for early 2019.
KTM owns Husqvarna, which is owned by Bajaj Auto. Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 use KTM Duke 390’s engine even in the global spec. Bajaj Auto will produce both the bikes in India using KTM’s production facilities in Pune.
Husqvarna Vitpilen is a Modern roadster motorcycle with a fusion of retro touch and modern design. The bike may look a bit unusual but is definitely an eye turner. It gets minimalist bodywork and is a pure naked roadster. It will be much lightweight and have a dedicated riding position, helpful in manoeuvring through the traffic.
On the other hand, Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is a neo-scrambler. It gets a higher placed handlebar giving the rider a more relaxed and upright sitting position. The off-road tires complete the package for long touring and off-roading adventures.
For engine purposes, Husqvarna bikes will use Duke 390’s engine. The 373cc liquid-cooled engine puts out 43 BHP and 37 Nm of peak torque. The engine pairs up with a 6-speed manual unit. The acceleration and top-speed figures will be closer to that of Duke 390 since all the three bikes are very light.
Both the bikes will come with features like USD Forks, fully digital instrument cluster, front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, LED headlamps, LED taillights along with a variety of customization options.
A couple of months earlier, Husqvarna Svarpilen 401 was spotted testing in Pune. It was equipped with the alloys, engine and exhaust of Duke 390. However, the bodywork was different, indicating that it is not just a modified Duke 390.
The prices of Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 will be around Rs 3 Lakhs. The prices will definitely be higher than Duke 390, but not marginally high.