Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
21 Nov 2020
The retro classic motorcycles have always been very popular in the Indian market. However, in the last few months, the popularity has increased even more and there has been a lot of buzz about the retro cruisers as we have got to see some all-new products. Recently, the Honda H'Ness CB 350 and the new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 was launched in India. Kawasaki is also planning to launch its affordable retro cruiser soon. Now, the upcoming 2021 Kawasaki W175 BS6 has been spied on test in India for the first time.
The Kawasaki W175 is Kawasaki's smallest motorcycle in the 'W' series. The Kawasaki's 'W' series only has retro motorcycles including the W800, which is currently on sale in the Indian market. A few weeks ago, news broke out that this affordable retro classic motorcycle will be launched in India in the first quarter of 2021. Now, the upcoming 2021 Kawasaki W175 BS6 has been recently spied on test in India for the first time ever. It has been caught on camera while it was on test near Pune in Maharashtra. The spied test mule was not wearing much camouflage.
This retro motorcycle has a very compact footprint and that can be seen in these pictures. Talking about the way it looks, the new Kawasaki W175 has an old-school styling with retro charm. At the front, it gets a round-shaped headlamp, big mudguards, fork cover gaiters, etc. Also, the motorcycle gets a classic matte-black paint scheme with very minimal body graphics. Being a retro cruiser, it gets an upright seating position, tall handlebars, a flat single-piece seat, centre-set footpegs, etc. Overall, it has a nice retro charm.
The Kawasaki W175 is already on sale in Southeast Asian markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines. In those markets, it is powered by a 177cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled carburetted engine that churns out 13.05 PS of power and 13.2 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. However, in India, it will get a BS6-compliant engine with fuel-injection technology and the power and torque figures might slightly vary. Being an old-school motorcycle, it doesn't get any fancy elements.
The suspension duties on the motorcycle will be performed by telescopic forks at the front and twin hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The spied test mule reveals that for braking duties, it gets a 220 mm disc at the front and a 110 mm drum unit at the rear. However, we do wish in India it gets a disc brake at the rear too with single or dual-channel ABS as standard. The international-spec Kawasaki W175 weighs just 126 kilograms and has a 15-litres fuel-tank. Also, it will get a very basic analogue instrument cluster.
Finally, talking about the price and launch timeline, the new BS6 Kawasaki W175 is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2021. Currently, the most affordable Kawasaki is the Vulcan S BS6. The W175 is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.30 lakhs - Rs. 1.40 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi, and this will make it the most affordable Kwacker in India. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Kawasaki W175? Do share your opinions with us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.