Suzuki India arrived the 150-cc cruiser bike segment in India by launching the Intruder and has priced it at Rs.98, 340 (ex-showroom Delhi). Not to be mistaken with the Intruder M1800, which is a 1,800 cc behemoth, this one is a 155 cc model, which uses the same engine and underpinnings as the highly popular Suzuki Gixxer. The Intruder, no doubt, has been encouraged by the larger Intruder M 1800. The Suzuki boffins have tried to make the same bulky look as the Intruder’s bigger sibling. The looks can divide opinion, but like it or not, you cannot ignore it for sure.
Suzuki Bikes India’s research says that there is pretty good demand for reasonable 150-cc cruisers and hence, the Intruder saw the light of the day. The Intruder does get its cruiser scheme of things right. The footpegs are set forward which give a relaxed riding position and the overall design too, is that of a typical cruiser. The fuel tank gets massive shrouds to add muscle and there are a lot of body panels on the side and at the rear as well.
As we stated before, the foundations of the Intruder have been rented from the Gixxer, but they says that the bike, in spirit, is all-new. The 155-cc, singe-cylinder engine is carbureted, for now, and remains the same as the Gixxer. It makes 14 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. There are a few underlying changes though. The gear ratios are different and the intake and the air box are bigger in size when compared to the Gixxer.
The exhaust too is a dissimilar unit than that of the Gixxer. Thanks to the body panels and the changes in the engine, the Intruder weighs 8 kg more than the Gixxer at 148 kg. The claimed fuel effectiveness figure for the Intruder is 44 kmpl. Suzuki says that currently, India is the biggest market for the company and the coming to the Intruder specifically; the 155 cc cruiser bike will be made in India and be exported to many markets across the world. At a price of Rs.98340, the Intruder about Rs.18,340 more expensive than its only rival in the segment, the Bajaj Avenger Street 150, priced at Rs.80,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)