Kawasaki India refuses to let the Ninja 300 die
- The Ninja 300 BS6 is unlikely to be launched in time for the new emission norms.
- Instead, Kawasaki plans to launch it sometime later in 2020.
- Apart from emission compliance, expect the bike to remain unchanged.
It seems Kawasaki is refusing to give up on the Ninja 300 as our sources within the company have revealed that the brand will launch a BS6 version sometime next year. However, it will not be launched before the norms come into effect on 1 April 2020 onwards as Kawasaki is still working on it. Expect the Japanese brand to launch the bike some time in mid-2020.
At present, the bike is priced at Rs 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom India) thanks to heavy localisation. It is the third most affordable parallel-twin motorcycle after the Royal Enfield 650 twins in India. Expect the BS6-compliant version to cost somewhere around Rs 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom). That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Kawasaki offered the BS6 version without any price hike as it is the brand’s most affordable motorcycle and Kawasaki is less likely to fiddle with the value-for-money quotient of the bike.
Apart from emission compliance, the motorcycle is expected to remain unchanged mechanically. As far as the powertrain is concerned, the current BS4-compliant 296cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine makes 39PS at 11,000rpm and 27Nm at 10,000rpm. As with the recent spate of power drops in numerous BS6-compliant two-wheelers, expect the Ninja 300 BS6 to take a small hit in the output figures in favour of cleaner emissions.
Kawasaki is likely to update the bike with new colours as well. Interestingly, in the international market, the Ninja 300 has been replaced with the Ninja 400. However, price-sensitive markets like ours still command the need for the smaller model. Expect the Ninja 300 to soldier on in other southeast Asian countries where emission norms aren’t as stringent as well.