All eyes are on Bajaj Auto as it closes in on the Dominar 400, but the automaker is also busy with its Pulsar models and has already started accepted bookings. India’s hotly contested 150 cc bike segment is about to get a revised competitor, with the Bajaj Pulsar 150 closing in on its launch. Bajaj Auto is currently putting most of its efforts on the impending launch of its new flagship, the Dominar 400. But it has also announced the upcoming update of other motorcycles currently in its range. Apart from the Pulsar 150, the Pulsar long-running Pulsar 180 and 220F are also getting updates and are already available for bookings. Bookings for the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar range can be made at an initial amount of INR 1,000.
Mumbai has already apparently got the new Pulsar 150, with the price starting at INR 73,134 (ex-showroom Navi Mumbai). Meanwhile, the Pulsar 180 is being priced from INR 79,799 and the Pulsar 220F costs INR 90,200 (both prices ex-showroom Navi Mumbai). All three bikes have been launched without any fanfare, likely because Bajaj is putting its entire marketing machine on the job for its Dominar 400. Set to be Bajaj’s biggest big ever, the Dominar 400 is one of the most highly awaited motorcycles ever since it was unveiled in 2014. For now, however, those who are looking to buy the lower-cc Pulsars will find a revised range. And while the 2017 range does include predictable sticker updates, there are some important changes too. Here is a look at the changes made in each bike. Also Read: Bajaj Dominar 400 teaser image released; Official website goes live
Bajaj Pulsar 150
The Pulsar 150 will be coming into a highly competitive market segment, but it is not likely to compete in terms of power. Instead, the biggest USP of this new model is likely going to be that its engine is now compliant with the latest BS IV emission norms. The bike is serviced by a 149 cc engine delivering 15 bhp of peak power and 12 Nm of maximum torque, and these figures are not likely to have changed much. But with the BS IV, expect the bike to get improved fuel efficiency, performance and refinement. The previous version had a top speed of 110 kmph and claimed mileage of 65 kmpl. The bike will continue with the same five-speed sequential gearbox that delivers power from the engine through a chain drive.
Meanwhile, the instrumentation will remain the same, which means the same backlit switch and part analogue and digital console. Braking duties are performed by a 130 mm drum brake and a 240 mm disc brake, like with the previous model. The BS IV-compliant Pulsar 150 can be identified by its blacked out engine, exhaust and body parts, and all black theme with red decals. For tyres, there are the MRF Nylogrip Zapper rubbers.
Bajaj Pulsar 180
The Bajaj Pulsar 180 has been a best-seller for the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer ever since its 2001 launch. Its silently-launched update comes with the same BS IV update as the above-mentioned Pulsar 150, which can be recognised with the same red and black colour scheme and blacked out parts. The bike’s 178 cc heart delivers 17 bhp of power and 14 Nm of torque, mated to the same five-speed sequential transmission with chain drive. A big update to the motorcycle is that it now gets a disc brake at the rear, as compared to the preceding model that used a combination of disc brake up front and a drum at the rear. Other standard features remain the same, like the twin-spark ignition, and Nitrox shock absorber with five-way adjustment.
The Bajaj 180 is also coming with a new contoured seat, but everything else will remain the same. That includes the dimensions and the analogue-digital console. The LED tail light strips will also remain unchanged, as will the front headlamp clusters.
Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Finally, the Bajaj Pulsar 220F is also getting the same BS IV treatment, different from before with its all-black exhaust and engine. The Pulsar 220 was Bajaj’s flagship for the longest time ever, but it was replaced with the RS 200. With the Dominar 400 coming up soon, Bajaj Auto is going to get another swanky new flagship to show to the world. Coming back to the 220F, expect the same kind of changes on this model too. The bike is still a very popular performance-focused motorcycle in the country, which is why Bajaj has stuck with it for so long. With the BS IV modification, the 220 cc engine will deliver the same 21 bhp of power and 19 Nm of torque, but with greater refinement and mileage. The preceding Pulsar 220F offered a fuel efficiency figure of 38 kmpl and a healthy top speed of 134 kmph. Performance is also likely to get a little boost with the BS IV update.
Meanwhile, other features of the motorcycle will continue unchanged, including the five-speed transmission, Nitrox five-step rear suspension, disc brakes on the front and rear and a meaty 120-section tyre at the rear. The Pulsar 220F will also continue with is digital console but with a blue backlight, along with unchanged projector headlights and alloy wheels. The split seats, grab rails, clip-on handlebars and LED taillights also persist in the BS IV model.