Launched last year, the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen naked sports bikes are the Swedish firm’s new direction for 2017, and it has been announced the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 models will be produced in India by 2018. This is a result of a collobaration between Austrian firm KTM, which owns the Husqvarna brand, and Bajaj Auto of India, which in turn owns 47.99% of KTM.

As part of KTM’s strategy to take Husqvarna global, and into the mainstream, global production of the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be transferred to Bajaj’s Chakan assembly facility in 2018. This move will be made after an initial production run in KTM’s plant in Mattighofen, Austria in 2017.

The strategy was agreed upon by Stefan Pierer, chief executive officer of KTM, and Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj, in order to increase economies of scale for the Husqvarna brand. Husqvarna has traditionally been known for its range of very competent enduro and motocross machines, gaining a reputation for powerful, good-handling off-road racing motorcycles.

Both the Vitpilen and Svartpilen will share a common engine, the 373 cc single-cylinder power plant taken from the KTM 390 Duke/RC 390, which puts out 43 hp and 37 Nm of torque. The chassis will also be taken from the 390 Duke, but will be clad in different bodywork – the Vitpilen being a cafe racer and the Svartpilen in scrambler styling.

Bajaj aims to raise sales of the Husqvarna brand to match current levels of KTM motorcycles in markets such as India and Indonesia. Its plant currently produces 100,000 motorcycles a year, and Bajaj expects to double that number with the introduction of Husqvarna.

GALLERY: 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

GALLERY: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401