Kawasaki All Set to Launch An Affordable 175cc Bike in India

The Japanese company recently sent a ‘block your date’ request for September 25. And it began teasing a new W series model on its social media accounts around the same time. It was even spotted testing on our roads not long ago. This made-in-India W175 is expected to be released on September 25.

It will be the second model from Kawasaki’s W line-up to be offered in India, following the W800. The W175 shares the styling of its elder sibling with a clean, bare-bones, and old-school look. The circular theme extends to the instrument cluster and indicators, and the fuel tank and side panels.

It is expected to be powered by a 177cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that is now fuel-injected to meet India’s BS6 emission standards. It retains its 13 hp of maximum power and 13.2 Nm of peak torque. Which are transmitted to the rear wheel via a 5-speed transmission and chain-drive system.

Those are modest numbers, but Kawasaki has the advantage of being a very light machine at 135kg. So not only the performance levels will be adequate, but the bike should be a lot more manageable and approachable than the larger, heavier retros on the market.

The chassis is simple with a telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers along with wire-spoke wheels. The fact that the wheels are 17-inches means that buyers will have more tyre options. The rear suspension travel is quite limited and the lack of a rear disc brake will be quite disappointing at the price point that this bike is likely to arrive at.

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The W175 will be Kawasaki’s most localised motorcycle in India, and we expect it to be priced around Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom), possibly even a little lower.

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