08 Jun 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
Suzuki is known for making premium scooters and motorcycles. The current Suzuki BS6 portfolio in India includes affordable and good-looking scooters like the Access 125 & Burgman Street and also the Intruder 150 cruiser motorcycle. This Japanese manufacturer also sells a bunch of sports motorcycles in India with Gixxer branding. Suzuki re-entered the quarter-litre bike segment in India in 2019 with the 250cc Gixxer'. Some reports even suggest that the brand might soon introduce a 250cc cruiser motorcycle too. And now, recently the patent images of the upcoming Intruder 250 has leaked online. So, in this article, we will be telling you why we think the 2020 Suzuki Intruder 250 BS6 is a sensible bike for India.
First of all, if we see the leaked patent images, it clearly reveals that it is the elder sibling of the Intruder 150. If we talk about cosmetic differences, there's hardly anything to differentiate between both of them as of now because the patent image is just a simple piece of art. However, if you are a keen observer, you can notice two major differences. The patent images of the Intruder 250 sport a belly pan which the Intruder 150 doesn't get. The belly pan has dual characteristics. It will protect the engine from stones, gravels and other particles and will also enhance the visual appeal of the motorcycle.
The other major aesthetic change is the design of the exhaust pipe. The pictures reveal that the Intruder 250's exhaust system includes a single header pipe that accommodates a catalytic converter. After the cat-con, it gets a revamped dual-barrel exhaust tip like the Intruder 150. However, the muffler design is a bit changed as compared to the edgy design of Intruder 150, it gets a simple and plain look. In terms of appearance, it will borrow design cues from the Intruder 150. However, we expect that the Intruder 250 might also get an LED headlamp, LED taillamp and revised graphics.
The upcoming Suzuki Intruder 250 BS6 will get a relaxed sitting posture with ultra-comfy seats that will make it a preferred cruiser bike for those who want to ride in tranquillity. It might also get new colour options to distinguish itself from its younger sibling. The BS6 Intruder 250 will also get features like an all-digital instrument cluster, dual-channel ABS and more. It will borrow its powerplant from the Gixxer 250 and thus will get a BS6-compliant 249cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected engine. It is expected to churn out 26.5 PS of power and 22.2 Nm of torque and will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Now, coming to our main question why does it make sense for the Indian market? So, in our opinion, if launched in India at an attractive price, it can be a great motorcycle and can definitely gain good sale numbers for the company. That's because as of now we don't have any 250cc cruiser bike in India. There is a huge price gap between the Avenger 220/Intruder 150 and other high displacement cruisers. Moreover, it will be a cost-effective solution for the company as it will share the engine with the 250cc Gixxer' and can share cycle parts with the Intruder 150. We expect that the Intruder 250 will hit the Indian showrooms by the end of this year. It is expected to be priced in the ballpark of Rs. 1.70 lakhs, Ex-showroom.
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