Keeping a new vehicle under the wraps before its official unveil is proving to be a herculean task for every manufacturer. The latest prey that has fallen to this interweb predator is the upcoming TVS Ronin which has apparently been leaked before it could officially show its face to the world later this week. While the exact specifications and other technical details will be revealed by its maker, later on, the internet is abuzz with all sorts of assumptions.

A never-seen-before design from TVS

With the new Ronin, it seems like TVS is foraying into new aesthetic territories because it is nothing like we have ever seen before rolling out of their Hosur plant.

The Ronin appears to be a hybrid between a low-slung cruiser and a Scrambler. The bodywork and the overall stance of the Ronin are quite distinctive as it gets a round headlamp unit, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, sleek side panels and a minimalistic tail section. The tan-coloured single-piece seat and dual-tone paint scheme add to its old-school vibe. The tyres appear to serve a dual purpose and should provide the Ronin with some good traction off the beaten path.

Mechanical specifications (read assumptions)

It is likely that TVS might position the Ronin as a premium product because the snazzy golden USD forks are hard to miss and it could also possibly get dual-channel ABS. Some reports suggest that the Ronin could make use of a new 220cc air/oil-cooled motor derived from the 199cc engine of the Apache RTR 200 4V. Rather than outright power, TVS could have tweaked this powertrain a little to provide the torquey grunt to suit Ronin’s characteristics. The exhaust unit too, makes us believe that TVS might be targeting a thumpy tune rather than going for a raspy one. Moreover, the Ronin appears to sport a single-pod instrument cluster which could be a semi-digital unit loaded with TVS’ SmartXonnect system.

Price expectations

Given the utilization of premium components, it is likely that the Ronin could cost a bit more than the Apache RTR 200 4V. If that’s the case, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ronin carry a price tag upwards of INR 1.5 Lakh.