Kawasaki W175 shows how Japanese brand doesn’t understand Indian motorcycle market


Kawasaki, the renowned Japanese brand, has been striving to establish itself in the competitive Indian market, but it seems their attempts, especially in the retro motorcycle segment, have fallen short once again. The latest addition, the W175, has hit the Indian market with a thud, presenting a host of challenges that could impede its success.

Priced at Rs. 1.35 lakh, the W175 faces tough competition from established Indian brands, and initial impressions suggest it might struggle to find many takers. One glaring issue is the motorcycle’s underwhelming performance – producing a mere 12.8 bhp and 13.2 Nm of torque. In a market where power matters, the W175 lags behind competitors like the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and TVS Ronin.

Aesthetic appeal is another stumbling block for the W175. Marketed towards young riders, the motorcycle sports an outdated design that may not resonate with the modern preferences of its target audience. While the bike aims to capture the essence of retro styling, it falls short in delivering the desired blend of classic charm and contemporary flair that appeals to the younger demographic.

The W175’s underperformance is not solely limited to its looks. The motorcycle’s underpowered engine and lack of modern features put it at a disadvantage in a market where consumers demand a harmonious balance between nostalgia and innovation. The attempt to cater to an older demographic with traditional design might have missed the mark, as the youth market in India leans more towards retro styles infused with modern touches.

Here’s the Kawasaki W175 Street: 

The mechanical changes introduced in the W175 Street, such as alloy wheels and tubeless tires, do little to salvage its appeal. Priced Rs. 12,000 more affordably than its standard counterpart, these modifications fail to address the core issues that hamper its competitiveness in the Indian market.

Kawasaki’s misjudgment of the Indian market is evident in the W175’s lackluster reception. In a country where motorcycles are not just a means of transport but a cultural statement, understanding the pulse of the consumer is crucial. The W175’s tepid response highlights the importance of aligning with the evolving preferences of the Indian rider, something Kawasaki seems to have overlooked in their latest offering. As the motorcycle market in India evolves rapidly, brands must adapt to local nuances to truly make their mark, and it appears Kawasaki has some learning to do in this regard.

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