Speculations were on rife that Suzuki is working on a larger capacity Gixxer range for the Indian two-wheeler market. The company will launch the 250cc Gixxer motorcycle in India in 2019. According to the media reports, the quarter-litre naked roadster will go on sale in the country in April 2019. This motorcycle will be followed by a fully-faired Gixxer SF 250.
Upon its launch, the Suzuki Gixxer 250, the quarter-litre bike will challenge the likes of Yamaha FZ25, TVS Apache RTR200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200. The new naked roadster is likely to share design cues from the bixxer GSX-S range such as the Suzuki S750 and the S1000. The motorcycle will have several modern features and will have better quality than its rivals. The bike is likely to get all-digital instrument console, LED headlight and LED tail-light.
The global-spec Suzuki GSX-250R features a parallel-twin engine. However, the India-spec model will receive a single-cylinder motor. It is likely to be a 249cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine, which could be in-line with the one offered with the FZ25. This engine is likely to produce around 25bhp of power and close to 20Nm of torque. A six-speed gearbox could be offered to drive power to the rear wheel.
For braking system, the bike comprises of disc brakes for both front and rear wheel. The naked roadster is likely to receive single-channel ABS system as standard. Suspension mechanism could comprise of conventional telescopic forks at the front and monoshock unit with an adjustable preload at the rear. The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is expected to be priced somewhere between Rs 1.30 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The motorcycle will directly rival the Yamaha FZ25.