First shown during EICMA 2014, both the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen and 401 Svartpilen concepts looked certain for production in the coming years since. According to rumours, it appears that both models will be produce by the KTM-owned sub-brand in India soon.
Underpinning the KTM 390 Duke platform, the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen concept café racer-styled naked and its Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen concept scrambler sibling already have quite an appeal amongst its fans. Since both are based on the KTM 390 Duke, the possibility of both models being produced in the KTM-Bajaj production facility in India seems highly likely.
Fuelling this was Bajaj Motorcycles India’s senior vice president Amit Nandi dropping hints that a new range of “made-in-India Husqvarna bikes” will be inducted into its operations sometime in 2017.
With the 401 models, Husqvarna has confirmed its return to making on-road bikes. Besides versions powered by the KTM 390 Duke-derived 373cc single-cylinder engine, 125cc versions based on the KTM 125 Duke model have been planned too.
Also in development is the larger Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 concept that was showcased during EICMA 2015 last November. Based on the KTM 690 Duke, the Vitpilen 701 concept looks certain for production too and could get the same India-based production plan in the KTM-Bajaj facility.