The Bajaj Dominar 400 has not worked as well as Bajaj would have liked despite being loaded with features. Moreover, even though it is competitively at Rs 1.62 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ABS variant, it hasn’t been able to catch up to Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird 350, its prime competitor. Bajaj has created an all-new segment of power Cruzer when they launched the Dominar in 2016.
The main aim for Bajaj was to lock the horns with likes of Royal Enfield 350, CBR 250R and Mahindra Mojo. Moreover, they wanted to attract the consumers with a better-equipped motorcycle. Bajaj Dominor has everything that a Power Cruzer should have, a Dual Channel ABS, mono shock suspension, LED headlamps and much more.
Since 2016 we have not seen any update from the Pune based manufacturer. However, the they have planned a much-needed update for the Dominar 400. This model is likely to go on sale from the first quarter of 2019. The spied images of Dominar 2019 suggests some details.
Currently, the Dominar derives its Engine from KTM Duke 390 and has the biggest engine in the segment. It is unsurprisingly the most powerful as well. It has a 373.3 CC engine which is tuned to produce 34.5bhp of power at 8000rpm and 35Nm of torque at 6500rpm. Considering 2020 we might see an update to BS-IV norms.
The Test version showcased USD forks, which we normally see on the Duke’s. Therefore, the 320mm disk now goes on the left. The updated version of the Dominar is rumoured to be 10,000-15,000 costlier than it’s previous versions. The heavily updated 2019 Bajaj Dominar is expected to be launched later this year alongside the new Pulsar family. Will this help the Dominar get an upper hand on sales over the Royal Enfield? This is only something, time could tell.
By Abhishek Aggarwal