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Made-in-India Kawasaki W175 India launch doubtless on September 25, to price round Rs 1.5 lakh | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The retro-styled W175 will turn out to be the Japanese model’s most inexpensive bike in India as soon as launched.

Kawasaki could be very more likely to launch the W175 retro-styled bike in India on September 25, at a worth of round Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike can be supplied in two colors: Ebony (black), and Particular Version Crimson.

The Japanese firm just lately despatched us a ‘block your date’ for September 25, and, across the identical time, started teasing a brand new W sequence mannequin on its social media accounts. We initially broke the story {that a} regionally manufactured Kawasaki W175 would launch in India, and the bike was even noticed testing on our roads some time in the past. We consider this made-in-India W175 is what the September 25 launch goes to be.

As soon as right here, it’ll turn out to be the second mannequin from Kawasaki’s W line-up to be supplied in India, after the extraordinarily charming W800. The W175’s styling is similar to its elder sibling, with a clear, bare-bones, old-school look that’s accentuated by a spherical headlight and wire-spoke wheels. The instrument cluster and indicators additionally comply with the round theme, and the gasoline tank and aspect panels have a somewhat rounded look as nicely.

The W175 is not going to go down the route of fancy options. It’s unclear if it’ll get an LED headlight, and the instrumentation can be a purely analogue affair, actually driving dwelling the retro really feel.

At its coronary heart is a 177cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, now fed by fuel-injection to satisfy India’s BS6 emission norms. It retains its 13hp and 13.2Nm output figures, that are despatched to the rear wheel by way of a 5-speed gearbox and chain-drive system.

These are fairly humble figures, however what the Kawi has in its favour is that at 135kg, it’s a very gentle machine, so not solely ought to efficiency ranges be fairly enough, nevertheless it’s additionally more likely to be an excellent deal extra manageable and approachable than the bigger, heavier retros in the marketplace. The 790mm seat top and 165mm of floor clearance also needs to be fairly comforting to the common Indian purchaser.

Underpinnings are pretty simple, with wire-spoke wheels, a telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The optimistic is that the wheels are 17-inchers, which ought to give consumers extra tyre decisions. However on the flipside, rear suspension journey is kind of restricted, at simply 65mm, and the absence of a rear disc brake can be fairly disappointing on the worth level this bike is more likely to arrive at. That mentioned, if its W800 sibling is something to go by, then the W175 can be greater than the sum of its components, and we hope to experience the bike quickly and see simply how every thing feels in the true world.

The W175 would be the most localised bike that Kawasaki has to supply in India and we count on it to be priced across the Rs 1.5 lakh mark (ex-showroom), presumably even a bit decrease. Is that worth low sufficient to make you take into account shopping for this small, easy Japanese retro machine? Tell us within the feedback beneath. You too can take a more in-depth have a look at Kawasaki’s little retro in our picture gallery right here.

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