Bajaj gave the Avenger series a new lease on life with the introduction of the Street and Cruise series. Both models have been keeping Bajaj’s production line busy and the Cruise 220 has just received a rather flashy update. The model is now available in a ‘Desert Gold’ edition, and as the name suggests, this version sports a gold paint-job. Additionally, the new shade is accompanied by a brown seat upholstery.
Said to be inspired by sand dunes, the Desert Gold edition does seem like a play off the Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm, but it also draws attention to the Yamaha Enticer which was also offered in a similar shade that was popular among buyers. The new Street 150, Street 220 and Cruise 220 did offer a wider range of options to buyers, but each model was available with only one colour option. The Street 150 is still available only in midnight blue, while the Street 220 is offered in matt black only. The Cruise 220 will continue to be offered in divine black as well, and dealers say both colours will be sold at the same price Rs. 85,497/- (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Powering the Cruise 220 is a 220cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i engine that makes 19.03PS of power at 8,400 rpm and 17.5 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Stopping power comes from a 260 mm disc brake up front and 130 mm drum at the rear. While the Street 150 and Street 220 get black alloy wheels, the Cruise 220 uses more classic spoke wheels (17-inch at the front and 15-inch at the rear).