Triumph Motorcycles has been in Indian officially for more than one year now and after closely analyzing the premium motorcycle industry in the country and its demands, the British brand has started to expand its line-up to strengthen its foothold. On Thursday, Triumph introduced two new variants of the Tiger 800 models to capture the growing demand in the premium adventure-touring segment, which is still in its nascent stage in India. The motorcycles were launches in Delhi and we were present at the event. Christened as XRx and XCx, the two motorcycles made their world debut last year at the 2014 EICMA motor show in Milan Italy. The new Triumph Tiger XR is priced at Rs 10.5 lakh, the XCx is priced at Rs 12.7 lakh, and the Tiger XRx is priced at Rs 11.6 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Tiger 800 is a positioned as an adventure motorcycle with the Tiger 800 XRx focused more on road riding whereas the Tiger 800 XCx has a more off-road intent. Both the motorcycles powered by an in-line three-cylinder 800cc liquid-cooled engine. The motor is tuned to produce 94 horsepower and 79 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Triumph claims the engine has been tuned for more efficiency and it now also uses parts from the Daytona 675 supersport bike. Another highlight is the ride-by-wire feature that provides smoother power delivery and better throttle response. Both the models also feature an electronics package that includes a traction control system and switchable ABS along with cruise control and three riding mode settings.
Vimal Sumbly, managing director, Triumph Motorcycles India said, “Over the last one year, we have seen a growing interest in the adventure category. To address an emerging need in the Indian market, we have launched the Tiger XRx & Tiger XCx. To give an excellent value proposition, the new Tiger’s will be assembled locally through the CKD route in India. Both the Tiger’s boast of rider focused technology, efficient triple engine and are available at attractive prices thereby ensuring that they stand apart. They have been developed to optimize the ride both on and off-road.”
In the international market, the new Tigers come in four different trims, but for India, there will only be the top-of-the-line XRx and XCx variants that will soon be joined by the XR model. All the three Tiger models will be CKDs and will be assembled at their facility at Manesar. Triumph will also phase out the bigger 800XC version but continue to sell the Explorer XC. Also With the launch of these two new Tigers, the Triumph’s India line-up has been expanded to 13 motorcycles in 5 motorcycling categories.