Bajaj Auto is in the process of upgrading its existing motorcycles to BS-IV compliant that will come to effect from April 2017. As part of the transmission, the Pune-based manufacturer has suspended production of Pulsar AS150 and AS200.
Bajaj Auto's dealerships across the country have also stopped accepting orders for both AS150 and AS200, reports NDTV Auto. The company is yet to confirm any such development. The existing inventories at the dealerships are available to buy with discounts. Bajaj Auto is expected to re-introduce AS150 and AS200 with BS-IV compliant engine and minor cosmetic changes in early 2017.
Priced at Rs 94,780, ex-showroom Delhi, Pulsar AS200 is powered by 199.5cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, which can churn out 23bhp of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm, coupled to six-speed transmission. Pulsar AS150 is powered by 149.5cc engine air-cooled engine that develops 16.5bhp at 9,500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. It is priced at Rs 81,230, ex-showroom Delhi.
The adventure versions of Pulsar were launched in April 2015. Similarly, Bajaj Auto had restricted the supply of Pulsar 200NS from mid-2015 to make way for Pulsar AS200 and Pulsar RS200. The naked street version of Pulsar has been rumoured for a re-launch with fuel injected engine. But there is no action from Bajaj on that yet.
Meanwhile, rumours indicate that Bajaj is getting ready to launch its Pulsar NS150 in India. Already on sale in some South American markets, Pulsar NS150 is powered by 149.5cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine - which can dish out power of 16.3bhp of power at 9,000rpm and a peak torque of 13Nm at 7,500rpm with 5-speed gearbox - Pulsar 150NS will be pitted against Suzuki Gixxer and Hero Xtreme.