The UM Renegade Commando range will be rivaling the new Bajaj Avenger models in the cruiser segment with prices expected around Rs. 1.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Having made its Indian debut at the previous Auto Expo, UM Motorcycles is all set to commence operations in the country and will be introducing its first product in the domestic market at the 2016 Auto Expo. The US based motorcycle maker has confirmed the Renegade Commando to be its first product to go on sale in India that will be offered in two variants. The company will also showcase the Renegade Sport S cruiser which was unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show last month.
Internationally, the UM Renegade Series is available in multiple variants including the Renegade Classic, Commando, Duty and Sport. Boasting of strong aesthetics, the Commando looks like a macho cruiser with the curvaceous elements while power is expected to come from a 300cc single-cylinder engine with a counter-balancer expected to produce around 24 BHP. Compared to the models showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the cruisers have received several upgrades in the past two years.
In terms of pricing, the UM Renegade Commando is expected to attract to set you back by Rs. 1.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) and will be possibly getting some interesting features including blind spot mirrors and USB charging port that are available on the international spec model. Given the limited competition in the segment, the Renegade Commando’s primary rival is the Bajaj Avenger range along with the Royal Enfield Thunderbird. The automaker has entered in India in a joint venture with Lohia Auto and will be locally producing its motorcycles.
UM Motorcycles is also developing a new production facility at Kashipur in Uttarakhand, which reportedly will have a production capacity of one lakh units per annum. It has also been reported that the company is keen on making India an export base. Apart from the Renegade cruisers, UM’s future launches will include street-fighter and scooters already sold overseas. The company’s current dealership count stand at five while 50 more are being planned.