Suzuki is reportedly working on a larger Intruder. The Intruder was originally offered as a 150cc cruiser exclusive to India. Last year, Suzuki Philippines, however, displayed it in their booth during a motorcycle show to gauge the market’s interest. The Intruder is still not on offer locally, but perhaps this new, larger variant may make a more convincing argument.
Suzuki has reportedly filed a patent for the upcoming Suzuki Intruder 250. Experts suggest this new Intruder model could be based on Suzuki’s new Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250. Both are global models based on platforms designed in India. Building a cruiser out of the sport / street bike platform would certainly save on research and development. Of course, some changes will have to be made to make it a viable cruiser.
The Gixxer 250 and SF 250 are both powered by the same single cylinder 249 cc air/oil-cooled engine. It produces 26.5-PS at 9,300 rpm and 22.2 Nm at 7,300 rpm. It’s paired to a 6-speed transmission.
To carry the additional weight, it will likely be fitted with beefier forks, monoshock rear suspension and larger disc brakes, possibly with ABS.
The small cruiser class is already a sparsely populated one in the Philippines, with the only competitors being Chinese brands and those offered by UM. Its only potential direct competitor, the Honda Rebel 250, is not offered locally. If this pushes through, Suzuki may enjoy little very competition.