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Husqvarna 401 bikes to launch in India next week, priced higher than KTM 390 Duke

Written by Parichay Malvankar

It is now official that Bajaj Auto will finally introduce the Husqvarna motorcycles in India next week at the India Bike Week 2019. Deliveries and official launch might happen in early-2020, but potential buyers will get a first look of the Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 models for the Indian market. Both these Husqvarna motorcycles are based on the KTM 390 Duke, but will be priced at a premium, expect a higher price in the range of INR 30,000-40,000.

The Husqvarna 401 series has already gone a mild makeover in the overseas market, and only the new and improved models will come to India. The bikes will be built by Bajaj, as is the case with KTM, and will be sold via new & improved KTM dealerships. The Vitpilen 401 is a modern classic cafe racer motorcycle while the Svartpilen 401 with its dual-purpose tyres poses as a scrambler motorcycle. Bodywork is minimum on both the motorcycles and they do look very compact.

The Svartpilen 401 & Vitpilen 401 will make use of the updated 373cc engine which is coming to the KTM 390 Adventure. This motor which is a single-cylinder, BSVI compliant, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke unit will produce 43 HP of power and 37 Nm of torque. Both bikes will get features such as dual-channel ABS, slipper-assist clutch, full digital speedo console, full LED lighting, traction control, spoked rims, WP USD front forks, rear monoshock, conventional mirrors and a contoured seat.

Bajaj Auto will also introduce their entire range of BSVI motorcycles at the 2019 India Bike Week along with the highly anticipated KTM 390 Adventure which will go on sale sooner. KTM is also working on a new range of 390-series motorcycles which includes the 390 Duke and RC 390, already spotted testing on international soil.

Bajaj will position Husqvarna models as a lifestyle motorcycling brand while KTM will be the premium yet affordable motorcycle brand. Would you pick a Husqvarna over a KTM model in India?