Updated On: 24 April 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world. Also, India is one of the fastest developing economies and the call for mobility is very large in the country. A huge population of the country commutes daily from point A to point B including women commuters who like the ease of zipping in and out of chaotic city traffic on their gearless scooters. The huge population of the country demands a variety of choices and so we have a lot of new motorcycles and scooters coming up off and on. In this article, we will be listing the Top 10 Upcoming Bikes and Scooters in India in 2020.
Before we begin, here is a quick trivia which we guess most of you already know. India has transitioned from Bharat Stage 4 to Bharat Stage 6 emission norms from April 1, 2020, and it is the biggest emission change of the decade. The automobile manufacturers have been trying their best to upgrade their product portfolio to meet with the stricter emission norms, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a lot of new product launches have been put to a halt which will be launched in the coming months. So, below-mentioned are the Top 10 Upcoming Bikes and Scooters in India in 2020 which will be launched in India in the second quarter of 2020.
1. Hero Xtreme 160R; Expected Price - Rs. 85,000 - 90,000
A few months back, Hero MotoCorp showcased its premium 160cc sporty commuter motorcycle at the Hero World 2020 Event in Jaipur [READ]. Hero Xtreme 160R will be launched in India post the lockdown and it will pack a punchy performance with sporty looks and affordable price tag. It will be powered by a 163cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6-compliant engine that churns out 15.2 PS of power at 8000 RPM and 14 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Hero claims that the Xtreme 160R sprints the fastest 0-60 kmph in its segment at just 4.7 seconds and also it is the lightest bike in its class with a kerb weight of just 138 kilograms.
Hero Xtreme 160R gets some unique features like an all-LED headlamp, LED tail-lamp and LED indicators, an all-digital instrument cluster, alloy wheels with tubeless radial tires, dual disc brakes with single-channel ABS and more. The Xtreme 160R will be one of the most affordable bikes in its segment with a price tag of around Rs. 85,000 - 90,000, Ex-showroom Delhi. It will rival against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, TVS Apache 160 2V, Apache 160 4V, Yamaha FZ S, Suzuki Gixxer, and Honda CB Hornet 160R BS6.
2. 2020 Yamaha FZ 25 BS6 and FZS 25 BS6; Expected Price - Rs. 1.40 lakhs
Yamaha Motor India has already revealed the details of its BS6-compliant quarter-litre motorcycle [READ]. The 2020 Yamaha FZ 25 duo will be powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke engine that delivers 20.8 PS of power at 8,000 RPM and 20.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 RPM. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 2020 Yamaha FZ 25 will get an all-LED headlamp with projector setup, new negative LCD display for the instrument console, underbelly cowl, side-stand engine cut-off switch and dual-channel ABS. Additionally, the FZS 25 also gets knuckle guards and gold alloys. The bookings for the 2020 Yamaha FZ 25 and FZS 25 are already open at selected dealerships. It will be launched in May 2020 and will be priced around Rs. 1.40 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi. It will compete against Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Dominar 250, and Suzuki Gixxer 250.
3. Vespa RED 125 BS6 Scooter; Expected Price - Rs. 1.01 lakhs
Piaggio-owned Vespa scooters will launch its BS6-compliant scooters in India once the lockdown lifts off. The 2020 Vespa 125cc scooters will be powered by a 125cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke, 3 Valve, fuel-injected, BS-VI engine that pumps out 10.06 bhp of power at 7500 RPM and 10.6 Nm of torque at 5500 RPM, mated to a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Vespa RED 125 BS6 gets a front disc brake with a rear drum unit and it also gets combined braking technology. Vespa donates 50$ for every Vespa RED scooter purchased to global funds to fight against AIDS in India. It will be priced around Rs. 1.01 lakhs, Ex-showroom and will compete against the likes of Yamaha Fascino 125, Hero Maestro Edge 125, and Honda Activa 125. Along with BS6 Vespa RED 125, the two-wheeler manufacturer will also launch other 125cc Vespas which include: Vespa SXL 125, VXL 125, Elegante 125, Urban Club 125, and most affordable Vespa Notte 125 with prices of BS6 models starting around Rs 90,000.
4. Suzuki Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250; Expected Price - Rs. 1.65 lakhs
The Japanese bike manufacturer Suzuki Motorcycles will soon launch the BS6-compliant iteration of Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250. The Gixxer 250 duo will be powered by the same BS6-compliant 249cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected motor that churns out 26.1 bhp at 9300 RPM and 22.2 Nm at 7500 RPM, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Gixxer 250 is a naked street-fighter while the SF 250 is its fully-faired derivative. Both the motorcycles get all-LED headlamp and tail-lamp, dual-channel ABS, all-digital instrument cluster with gear position indicator, aluminium alloys with tubeless tires, and twin-muffler exhaust. The BS6 Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be priced around Rs. 1.65 lakhs, Ex-showroom and will lock horns against the Yamaha FZ 25 and Bajaj Dominar 250.
5. CF Moto 250 NK; Expected Price - Rs. 1.75 lakhs
CF Moto will soon launch its most affordable motorcycle in India called the CF Moto 250 NK. The CF Moto 250 NK is a quarter-litre naked street-fighter motorcycle that is powered by a BS6-compliant 250cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel injection technology that churns out 26.51 PS of power at 9000 RPM and 22 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The CF Moto 250 NK will be a feature-packed motorcycle. It will get an LED headlamp, LED taillamp, as well as LED indicators, a five-inch TFT colourful all-digital instrument cluster, USD front forks, rear mono-shock, dual-channel ABS, and switchable ride modes - Sport and Rain. The CF Moto 250 NK will be priced around Rs. 1.75 lakhs, Ex-showroom and is expected to launch in June 2020. It will rival against the KTM Duke 250 and Bajaj Dominar 250.
6. Hero Xpulse 200 BS6, Xpulse 200T BS6, and Xtreme 200S BS6; Expected Price - Rs. 1.05 lakhs - 1.20 lakhs
India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp, will launch a slew of BS6-compliant 200cc motorcycles in India post the lockdown. The bikemaker will launch the Hero Xpulse 200 BS6, Xpulse 200T BS6, and Xtreme 200S BS6 in India. All the three motorcycles will be powered by a BS6-compliant 199cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine that churns out 17.8 bhp and 16.4 Nm, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, Hero has discontinued the Xtreme 200R motorcycle.
The 200cc Hero Motorcycles get an all-digital instrument cluster, smartphone connectivity with turn by turn navigation, front and rear disc brakes with single-channel ABS, tubed spoke wheels for Xpulse 200 and tubeless tires with alloys for Xpulse 200T and Xtreme 200S. The prices for the BS6-compliant 200cc motorcycles will be ranging between Rs. 1.05 lakhs - Rs. 1.20 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi. The Xpulse 200 has no direct rivals in India as it is an affordable adventure motorcycle while the other two motorcycles rival against Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Pulsar 220F, and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
7. Orxa Mantis Electric Motorcycle; Expected Price - Rs. 3 lakhs
Orxa Energies, a Bengaluru-based electric vehicle and energy systems start-up has unveiled its very first product at the India Bike Week 2019. The Orxa Mantis is an all-electric hyper-naked motorcycle which draws power from a 25 kW electric motor. While the power and torque figures haven't been revealed, it has been affirmed that it can sprint from 0-100 kmph in under 8 seconds. The E-bike will have a top speed of 140 kmph and it weighs just 175 kilograms. Also, the Orxa Mantis is the only electric motorcycle to be included in our list of the Top 10 Upcoming Bikes and Scooters in India in 2020.
Orxa Mantis Electric Motorcycle gets a 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack made up of six 1.5 kWh smaller modules that are swappable and uses a proprietary battery management system (BMS). The company claims a 200 kilometres real-world range which seems decent and the charging time is around 3.5 hours via a regular portable charger. The Mantis E-bike is built on an Aluminium chassis and it gets disc brakes on both the ends with dual-channel ABS as standard and it also gets a colourful LCD digital instrument cluster. The Orxa Mantis Electric Motorcycle will be priced around Rs. 3 lakhs, Ex-showroom and will be initially sold only in Bengaluru. Its only rival will be the upcoming Ultraviolette F77 electric motorcycle.
8. Honda CB Hornet 160R BS6; Expected Price - Rs. 1.02 lakhs
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India will launch the BS6-compliant Honda CB Hornet 160R BS6 in the coming weeks. The BS6 Hornet will be powered by a 162cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected motor that churns out 13 bhp and 14Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The BS6 Honda CB Hornet 160R will get features like a digital instrument cluster, LED headlamps and tail-lamps, front and rear disc brakes with single-channel ABS and tubeless tires with alloy wheels. Honda CB Hornet 160R BS6 will be priced around Rs. 1.02 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi and will rival against the likes of the upcoming Hero Xtreme 160R, Yamaha FZ, TVS Apache 160, and Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. Moreover, as per new reports, Honda will discontinue the Honda Xblade motorcycle in BS6 era.
9. Aprilia Tuono 125; Expected Price - Rs. 1.10 lakhs
Aprilia showcased the Aprilia Tuono 150 motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo but thereafter we haven't received any information about its India launch. However, Aprilia has now listed the Aprilia Tuono 125 Motorcycle on their official Indian website and the bike is expected to be launched in India in June 2020. It is powered by a 125cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, fuel-injected DOHC engine that churns out 15 PS of power and 11 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Aprilia Tuono 125 gets solid hardware too. It gets 40mm USD front forks with rear mono-shock absorber. The braking duties are handled by a 300mm front disc and 218mm rear disc and it also gets single-channel ABS. It gets a semi-digital instrumental console and is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.10 lakhs, Ex-showroom. It will rival against the likes of Yamaha MT 15 and KTM Duke 125.
10. 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS; Expected Price - Rs. 12 lakhs
The final and the most expensive bike in our Top 10 Upcoming Bikes and Scooters in India in 2020 list is the hyper-naked middle-weight street-fighter motorcycle, the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS. The 2020 Street Triple RS was about to be launched in India on 25th March but the launch has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is powered by a BS6-compliant 765cc, liquid-cooled, 12-valve, inline 3-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that pumps out a whopping 123 PS of power at 11,750 RPM and 79 Nm of torque at 9,350 RPM, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and it also gets a bi-directional quickshifter.
The Triumph Street Triple RS is a feature-packed pocket-rocket and it gets a host of safety aids like dual-channel ABS, Cornering ABS, Traction Control System (TCS), and five different Riding modes (Track, Rain, Road, Sports, and customisable Rider mode). It also gets a coloured TFT display as an instrument cluster with optional Bluetooth, Smartphone, and GoPro connectivity. The 2020 Street Triple RS will be priced around Rs. 12 lakhs, Ex-showroom and will take on the likes of the Kawasaki Z900, KTM Duke 790, Suzuki GSX S750, and Yamaha MT 09.
So, these were the Top 10 Upcoming Bikes and Scooters in India in 2020. Which of these bikes/scooters excite you the most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.