2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 Details Emerge
We managed to get a good look at the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 test mule and here's what we know
- We spotted the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 in Pune
- Although heavily camouflaged, we managed to scoop details of the bike’s suspension and instrument console
- Likely to launch in January 2019
Barely a day after carrying a report on the updated Dominar’s sighting in Pune, we managed to get up close and personal with a similar test mule. In the process, we got a chance to confirm many of the speculations surrounding the bike’s equipment and features. Although we couldn’t take a picture of the test bike, we can confirm that it looked very close to being production ready and is likely to be launched in January 2019.
That’s right, while our earlier report spoke of an early 2019 launch, January looks more probable now. Although the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 was heavily camouflaged, we got a closer look at its front suspension, instrument console and exhaust system. The updated Dominar 400 will sport front USD forks from Endurance. We suspect these forks might not be as advanced as the ones found on the KTM 390 Duke. Nevertheless, the 2019 Dominar 400 will go down in history books as the first ever Bajaj to get a USD (upside down) front suspension.
That is not the only first for the new Dominar 400 though. We also understand that the bike’s engine is likely to be BS-VI-compliant at launch. The stringent emission norms are set to be enforced in India from April 2020. Instead of updating the Dominar 400’s engine again, it would be more sensible for Bajaj to launch its flagship product in BS-VI avatar. This is also a likely explanation for the heavily reworked exhaust system that the test mules have been spotted with. While a dual-canister design does add aesthetic value, the reworked catalytic converter unit is a strong sign that Bajaj has made the 2019 Dominar 400 BS-VI-compliant.
Moreover, we also managed to get a proper look at the updated bike’s instrument console. To our pleasant surprise, it was very similar to the one that was featured on the CS400 concept that Bajaj had showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. The test mule had a dual-digital instrument console whereby the main handlebar-mounted console houses the tell-tale lights, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and indicators for side-stand, engine kill switch and service reminder. The secondary tank-mounted console on the test bike featured the odometer, two trip meters, clock and gear position indicator. To note, the existing Dominar 400 doesn’t get a gear position and distance-to-empty indicators. It also makes do with tank-mounted tell-tale lights instead of the digital display featured on the test mule.
News of the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 first started doing the rounds in September this year. Images showed the bike equipped with a front USD fork, a dual-canister exhaust, a reworked catalytic converter and front fender. All these additions are likely to increase the Dominar 400’s price by an estimated Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. Currently, the Dominar 400 ABS is priced at Rs 1.63 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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