Indian automobile industry is all set to see the implementation of BS-VI emission norm in April 2020. All the vehicles need to comply with this new emission norms and due to this, the affordable bikes will be significantly pricier, around 20% over their current pricing. The increased raw material cost, implementation of safety features like ABS will make the pricing of the 150cc-180cc bikes closer to the 350cc models.
No wonder, this could come as a big blow for the bike manufacturers and the customers as well. In recent years, two-wheeler market in India has seen a massive growth, sometimes giving competition to the car market as well. However, with this new emission norm kicking in 2020, the momentum of growth will certainly see a decline.
According to the mandate by Indian government, all the 125cc and above bikes need to come equipped with ABS, On-board diagnostics from next year. Apart from that, the rising input cost and the cost of upgradation to the stricter emission norms will surely impact the pricing of popular and affordable bikes in the 150cc-180cc segments.
To give you an example of the upcoming pricing scenario, we can say that the Honda X-Blade that currently comes priced at Rs 80,000 and the Bajaj Pulsar 180 that is priced at Rs 83,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), will be priced at around Rs 1 lakh. This increased price tag is similar as the Royal Enfield Bullet that is available at a cost of Rs 1.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).