Benelli India, which recently launched the TRK 502 range, has said that it will bring in the Leoncino next.
Benelli India recently announced that its next launch in the country will be the Leoncino 500. Speaking at the launch of the Benelli TRK 502 range in India, Dante Bustos, chief marketing officer, Benelli Globalis, also added that the company will launch at least five more bikes in India this year.
At first, Benelli intended to launch the Leoncino 500, the company’s modern take on the scrambler design, in the country last year in February. Unfortunately, by the time the bike could be homologated, the DSK Group, Benelli’s former partner in India, was confronted with financial issues. This led to the bike manufacturer shutting down its operations in India in 2017. The Italian bikemaker then announced its return last year albeit as Benelli India and this time around, it teamed up with Hyderabad-based Mahavir Group’s subsidiary Adishwar Auto Ride International (AARI).
Now, back to the bike — the Benelli Leoncino 500, which was introduced in global markets in 2017, uses a steel-tube trellis frame and gets 17-inch wheels at the front as well as the rear. For suspension, it gets a 50mm upside down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking duties at the front are taken care of by a 320 mm twin semi-floating disc with four-piston calipers and a 260 mm disc with a single piston floating caliper at the rear. Also, ABS is offered as a standard provision.
The Benelli Leoncino 500 is propelled by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 499.6 cc engine that delivers a maximum power of 47 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. This unit is mated to a six-speed transmission and gets a wet clutch.
While Benelli India hasn’t revealed much about the Leoncino’s launch in India, the company could bring in both, the standard Leoncino as well as the Leoncino Trail. And as far as Benelli Leoncino 500 and Leoncino Trail’s expected prices go, they will most likely range between ₹4.5-5 lakh.