Last week we had mentioned that Ducati had dropped the Scrambler, Panigale 1299 and Monster 821 series in India owing to the bikes not meeting BS-IV/Euro-IV emissions norms. But considering that the entire Ducati range in Europe (except the Panigale 1299) is Euro-IV compliant, it was only a matter of time before the bikes were brought back to India. And in that light, Ducati India has just issued a statement informing us that the updated bikes will be re-launched very soon. Bookings for two variants of the Euro-IV /BS-IV compliant Scrambler, the Icon and the Classic, have already started and the bikes will be supplied from July 2017 straight on. The updated Scrambler Full Throttle, on the other hand, will be available from September 2017. However, there is no word on when, if at all, the fully off-road kitted-out Desert Sled version of the Scrambler will be launched in India. From the company’s Diavel range, only the XDiavel is currently on offer while the standard bike isn’t. But Ducati says that the updated standard Diavel should be arriving by October 2017. Ducati has also stated on the company’s India website that the BS-IV/Euro 4 Diavel Diesel is slated to become available earlier than that, starting August 2017, and will feature as a ‘new’ bike. The site also mentioned the Diavel Diesel’s price, starting at Rs.19.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, this is a pre-GST price tag and we assume a rise from July 1 onwards.
To complement the company’s Monster line-up, which currently consists of the 1200, 1200 S and 1200 R, along with the recently launched baby in the range, the 797, Ducati will be bringing back the Monster 821 as a BS-IV/Euro-IV model in October of 2017. This updated 821 was originally showed off at EICMA 2016 late last year, with minor changes apart from the jump to Euro-IV compliance. However, at this point, there’s no word on whether there will be an update to the Panigale 1299. Even in Europe, Ducati gets away with selling the big Panigales that are Euro-III compliant thanks to derogation exemptions that they get. And in the light of an upcoming all-new V-4 super-bike to replace the Panigale range, the 1299-s are unlikely to see Euro-IV compliance, which means we don’t expect them to return to India at this point. However, Ducati recently released a teaser video of a new edition of the Panigale that will be unveiled on July 7 at the Laguna Seca round of the WSBK championship. It was disguised that this will be the ‘last hurrah’ for the big Panigales and if this is a Euro-IV compliant bike, chances are that it will be sold in India, provided it’s not some super-rare limited edition. At this point, Ducati hasn’t announced prices for any of these upcoming BS-IV/Euro-IV bikes (except for the Diavel Diesel of course). And the prices they have stated for their existing portfolio are all pre-GST, with the exception of the just launched Multistrada 950 which costs Rs.12.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Ducati is expected to make an announcement of post-GST prices for their whole range either near the end of this month or early next month.