2018 Suzuki Intruder FI launched in India
Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) has launched the fuel-injected (Fi) edition of the Intruder in India. The Japanese bike giant had displayed the cruiser at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. The new Suzuki Intruder Fi has been priced at Rs 1, 06,896; the stock carburettor edition retails for Rs 99,995 (both prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new cruiser bike from Suzuki will be offered in 2 colour options – metallic matt black, and glass sparkle black/metallic matt titanium silver. According to Suzuki, the new fuel-injection system consists of 6 sensors that calculate the best amount of fuel required for better ignition. This not only improves fuel consumption, but also offers better throttle response.
Commenting on the launch, Sajeev Rajasekharan, executive vice president, marketing and sales SMIPL said, “Since its launch, the Intruder has received an overwhelming demand with close to 15,000 units sold, overachieving our planned sales target by 25 %. With a unique blend of premium appeal, coupled with futuristic features like ABS and now an efficient fuel injection technology, the Intruder is a premium offering in the cruiser section, unlike any other.” The Suzuki Intruder is based on the Gixxer platform and is the first reasonable cruiser from Suzuki for the Indian market. Styling of the new motorcycle is a bit in-your-face and it has received mixed reviews for its design language.
Powering the Intruder Fi, is the same 155-cc, single-cylinder motor as seen on the standard Intruder and, despite the adding of fuel-injection, power and torque figures remain identical at 14.6hp and 14Nm correspondingly. Transmission duties are handled by a five-speed gearbox. It gets a 41mm telescopic setup up front and a mid-mounted, preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. The bike has been equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, which come shod with 100-section MRF Nylogrip Zapper up front and a 140-section Zapper at the rear. Anchorage is provided by disc brakes on both ends and single-channel ABS comes as standard. Given its price and positioning, the Suzuki Intruder doesn’t have any real competition in our two-wheeler space and the only motorcycle that comes close with respect to pricing is the Bajaj Avenger 220 series.