Popular compact performer, Suzuki Gixxer has been given a makeover with enhanced styling, new features and an updated 155-cc petrol engine, and is priced at Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Japanese motorcycle giant recently announced that they are ceasing production of commuter motorcycles and developing a portfolio of sporty machines only. This move makes the Suzuki Gixxer the most accessible motorcycle in the brand’s current line-up. Considering it is the most dated of Suzuki’s single-cylinder range, a facelift has been due for a while. Hot on the heels of the new Gixxer SF 250 and the updated Gixxer SF, the naked Gixxer has also been treated to a major visual upgrade.
Suzuki have pulled out all the stops in order to make the motorcycle look fresh and take the fight to its rivals. A new LED headlamp dominates the front which extends into a sculpted fuel tank boasting of muscular highlights. On either side of the tank, Suzuki have placed sharply-angled tank shrouds further complementing the motorcycle’s mean, streetfighter appeal. Gone is the banana seat from the old Gixxer; this one has individual stepped seats for both rider and pillion, sport bike style. Furthermore, the sub-frame panels now consist of two distinct sections, visually enhanced by a flattering dual-tone paint scheme.
The instrument cluster is an all-digital unit, similar to the one seen on the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF. Mechanically, the Gixxer is powered by the 154.9-cc, air-cooled, two-valve, single-cylinder engine that now makes 14.1 PS at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 14 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox as before. And like the Gixxer SF, its faired sibling, it also gets ABS as standard and is available in three colour options – Metallic Sonic Silver and Glass Sparkle Black, Glass Sparkle Black, and Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black.
As mentioned the updated 2019 Suzuki Gixxer costs Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom), which is about Rs 10,000 more than the outgoing model and takes the fight to the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, the Honda CB Hornet 160R, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Yamaha FZ-FI.
Story: Joshua Varghese