As the deadline of April 2020 approaches, bike manufacturers are updating their product line to comply with strict emission norms. TVS is updating Apache 160 to meet BS6 and in the process, the company has also decided to tweak the design of the motorcycle. A spy shot of the 2020 Apache 160 BS6 reveals clear cut changes to the headlamp assembly besides revealing alterations in the design of fairings.
The headlamp-cum-fairing unit now feels bigger than before which bodes well for the overall design of the bike. The headlamp cluster has been split into two parts and LED DRLs which is part of the current model have been raised a bit higher and look like new generation KTM Duke’s. We expect the TVS to use this same headlamp cluster in the updated version of RTR 200 4V. Except for these changes, other design elements continue to remain similar to the outgoing model.
Currently TVS offers both carbureted and fuel-injection version of 160 cc engine in Apache 160; however, with the new emission norms coming into effect next year, the former is expected to be shelved. The BS6 compliant engine will not significantly different in terms of power and torque output which means the new version will be producing around 16.5 bhp along with 14.8 Nm. There won’t be any change in the gearbox either with new Apache staying put with the 5-speed unit of the current version.
The breaking unit will feature a single-channel ABS system with stopping power coming through a combination of 270 mm front disc coupled with either a 200 mm rear disc or 130 mm drum. The changes are expected to increase the price of TVS Apache 160 marginally which means the current price of Rs 99,101 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for EFI variant will cross Rs 1 lakh mark for 2020 Apache 160. The updated bike is expected to come in the market towards the end of the year and once launched, it will take on the likes of Honda X-blade, Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS, and Yamaha FZ-S V 3.O among others.