In July 2018, Bajaj confirmed that it would be bringing the Husqvarna brand to India in 2019 by launching two motorcycles – the Svartpilen 401 and the Vitpilen 401. Dealers have been advised to expand their showrooms to accommodate the new brand and the additional signage the motorcycles will require. While the exact details are still unclear, it will be interesting to see how the dealerships will be modified to accommodate another brand, considering KTM’s extensive orange theme.
Of the two motorcycles initially planned for India, the Vitpilen is the café-racer version, while the Svartpilen is a scrambler. Both share mechanical components with the KTM 390 Duke, powered by the same 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Earlier this year, Husqvarna announced that the motorcycles will be offered with an automatic clutch option internationally, and it remains to be seen if it will make this available over here, too.
A Svartpilen 401 prototype spotted testing in the country also revealed certain modifications for the Indian market – the camouflaged motorcycle caught testing was seen running on alloy wheels sourced from the KTM 390 Duke, unlike the spoke wheels on the international-spec bike (we’ve also seen this course of action with the spied KTM 390 Adventure.) The prototype sported grab rails as well, which have been mandatory for motorcycles sold in India. Our sources also confirm that India-spec bike will feature a longer pillion seat, something that was spotted on test mules a couple of months ago.
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