Polaris has released teasers of the new Indian Chief ahead of its introduction at the 2013 rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Polaris obtained the brand in 2011 and the new bike will be a 2014 model.
From the teaser photo, the new Chief appears to be long and low, a nod to the Chief models of the 1940s. Powered by the recently introduced 111 cubic inch thunder Stroke, the Chief retains some classic styling cues such as the fender-mounted figure head, valanced fenders and spoked wheels.
Polaris owns the Victory brand which competes against the Japanese cruisers like Yamaha’s Star lineup. The Indians, manufactured in Iowa, are going to be positioned to go head-to-head with Harley Davidson.
The MSRP stateside is US$18,999. A release date is forthcoming and Polaris is increasing its dealer network to “meet demands and service needs”.