Made in India Kawasaki W175: launch, pricing announced September 25

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The retro-styled W175 will become the Japanese brand’s most affordable motorcycle in India once launched.

Kawasaki is very likely to launch the retro-styled W175 motorcycle in India on September 25. The bike will be offered in two colors: Ebony (black) and Special Edition Red.

The Japanese company recently sent us a “block your date” for September 25 and, around the same time, started teasing a new W-Series model on its social media accounts. We first announced that a locally made Kawasaki W175 would be launched in India, and the the bike was even spotted testing on our roads a moment ago. Now, the model’s appearance on Kawasaki’s India website confirms that the W175 will launch on September 25.

Once here, it will become the second model in Kawasaki’s W range to be offered in India, after the extremely charming W800. The styling of the W175 is very similar to its sibling, with a sleek, clean, old-school look, accentuated by a round headlight and wire-spoke wheels. The instrument cluster and gauges also follow the circular theme, and the fuel tank and side panels also have a rather rounded look.

The W175 won’t go the fancy feature route. It’s unclear if it will get an LED headlight, and the instrumentation will be a purely analog affair, really bringing home the retro feel.

At its heart is a 177cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, now powered by fuel injection to meet Indian BS6 emissions standards. The Kawasaki India website already displays the W175 as a preview page with full specs listed. The website says the bike produces 13hp and 13.2Nm, which is sent to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox and chain drive system.

Kawasaki India took an overseas image of the engine, which shows a carburetor. The Indian bike will be fuel injected.

Those are pretty modest numbers, but what the Kawi has in its favor is that at 135kg it’s a very light machine, so not only should the performance levels be quite adequate, but it is also likely to be much more maneuverable and accessible than the biggest and heaviest mirrors on the market. The 790mm seat height and 165mm ground clearance should also be comforting enough for the average Indian buyer.

The basics are fairly simple, with wire-spoke wheels, a telescopic fork and two shock absorbers. The good thing is that the wheels are 17-inches, which should give buyers more tire choices. But on the other hand, rear suspension travel is quite limited, at just 65mm, and the lack of a rear disc brake will be quite disappointing at the price this bike is likely to come at. That said, if its W800 sibling is anything to go by, then the W175 will be more than the sum of its parts, and we hope to get on the bike soon and see how it all feels in the real world.

The W175 will be the most localized motorcycle that Kawasaki has to offer in India and we expect its price to be around the Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom) mark, maybe even a bit lower. Is that price low enough to make you consider buying this simple little retro Japanese machine? Let us know in the comments below.

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