09 Oct 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
The retro cruisers are very popular in the Indian market. Talking about affordable retro bikes, we have the 350cc offerings from Royal Enfield, Benelli and Jawa Motorcycles. Recently, even Honda has ventured into this segment with the launch of the new H'Ness CB 350 BS6. Now, Kawasaki is also planning to launch its affordable retro motorcycle in India. According to reports, the new Kawasaki W175 BS6 will be launched in India in 2021.
The Kawasaki W175 is Kawasaki's smallest motorcycle in the 'W' series. The Kawasaki's 'W' series has retro motorcycles including the W800, which is currently on sale in the Indian market. At present, the recently launched Vulcan S BS6 is the most affordable Kawasaki in India. However, once it gets launched in the Indian market, the W175 will be the most affordable Kawasaki on sale in the country. The W175 is a no-nonsense retro cruiser.
Talking about looks, so the new Kawasaki W175 has an old-school styling with retro charm. It gets a round-shaped headlamp, big mudguards, fork cover gaiters, a classic paint scheme with very minimal body graphics, etc. Also, it will have an upright seating position as it gets tall handlebars, a flat single-piece seat, centre-set footpegs, etc. The motorcycle gets a matte-black paint scheme which looks really very cool and has a very 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 & torque figures might slightly vary.
The motorcycle will get telescopic forks at the front and twin hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. For braking duties, it will get a 220 mm disc at the front and a 110 mm drum unit at the rear. It might also get a disc brake at the rear in India along with single or dual-channel ABS as standard. Also, it will get a very basic analogue instrument cluster. The international-spec Kawasaki W175 weighs just 126 kilograms and has a 15-litres fuel-tank.
Finally, talking about the price and launch timeline, so according to the latest reports, the Kawasaki W175 BS6 will be launched in India in the first quarter of 2021. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.30 lakhs - Rs. 1.40 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi, making it the most affordable Kawasaki in India. It will rival against the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, Classic 350, etc. What are your thoughts on the new Kawasaki W175? Do tell us in the comments below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.