According to sources, the all new KTM Duke 390 is likely to be launched in India as early as 2017. However, there’s no official confirmation available from the brand itself, but one can expect it to be launched by January of 2017, and deliveries will start taking place from the first quarter of the same year.
Facelift of the popular Duke was long overdue, so the Austrian company has updated the motorcycle and showcased it recently at the EICMA, Italy. The update is mostly cosmetic, the new Duke 390 gets a more sharper design from its elder sibling the 1290 Super Duke. Now the instrument panel houses a TFT display, which is quite easy to read, even while riding. It also includes a ride by wire system and an ABS which provides better safety to the user. The position of the exhaust is also changed, it has been moved to a side when compared to the underbelly exhaust of the existing model. Additionally it gets an all new Trellis frame, better suspension setup and bigger front disk.
The mechanicals get mild tweaks as well, the engineers had made the engine Euro 4 compliant which makes it better for the world, the noise has also reduced a fair bit. The company has also included a catalytic converter for better emission and performance, the converter adds to the weight of the bike and it now weighs at 149 kgs. The engine makes 44 bhp of maximum power and additionally the motorcycle gets a bigger tank with 13.4-liter fuel capacity.
Once launched, the updated Duke 390 will be priced slightly on the higher side. One can easily expect the new Duke to be priced 25,000 higher than its outgoing variant, which is priced at 1.95 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).