The demand for scooters has consistently been on the rise in the country. Two-wheeler makers have regularly expanded their scooter range in India by launching new scooters with various new features and uncommon design in some cases. The sale of scooters in India has grown stupendously in the recent past. The two-wheeler makers in the country are also gearing up for the launch of both updated and all-new models in India.
Gear-less operation of the scooters makes it convenient for a daily commute in cities which inadvertently have traffic jams and slow moving traffic. This year will also witness a new and upgraded version from TVS in their 125 cc scooter model lineup that will compete with the likes of the Honda Activa 125. Other manufacturers will also launch their respective vehicles in order to boost sales. Here are the 7 latest and upcoming model scooters launched in India 2017.
7 Latest and Upcoming Model Scooters Launched in India 2017
Aprilia is planning to launch the SR 125, a smaller version of the SR 150 scooter in India. The Aprilia SR 125 has already been spied on Indian roads, suggesting the company will launch the scooter soon in the country. The new SR 125 is likely to use a tubular steel frame and is expected to be powered by a 125 cc engine. This will develop a maximum power of around 9.4 hp and will churn out a peak torque of 8.2 Nm.
This is the same engine that also powers the Vespa SXL and the VXL 125s models. The scooter will take its design cues from the SR 150 and will feature twin-headlamps placed on the front apron, 14-inch wheels and body decals in contrast with a bright color scheme.
The styling of the Yamaha Nmax is similar to a maxi scooter and features a European-style step-thru design. It was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and was among the most popular scooter offering displayed at the show. Powering the new Yamaha scooter is a 155cc, liquid-cooled motor producing 15PS of power and 14.4 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a CVT transmission.
The Yamaha Nmax sports Blue Core technology that reduces friction between mating parts thereby returning better fuel efficiency. Talking about features, the scooter features a smoked-out headlamp, digital instrument console, external fuel cap, telescopic forks, and 13-inch alloy wheels.
Ather S340 electric scooter founded in 2013 by IIT Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. After three years of development, the company revealed its first product – Ather S340 last year. The Ather S340 will be one of the completely made-in-India electric scooters. The Ather S340 is no ordinary electric scooter and instead will be loaded with power, advanced tech and a host of goodies. Ather says the S340 has been built completely from scratch, with 90 percent of it being made in India.
The lithium-ion batteries are the only imported part. The extensive use of aluminum in the chassis and swingarm makes it weigh at a maximum 90 kg. The motor on the S340 gets an Economy or Sports mode, a feature seen usually on premium offerings. It also comes with a monoshock suspension, regenerative braking, and multiple riding modes.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) first premium offering in the two-wheeler market could be the new PCX 150 cc scooter. The Honda PCX was also displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo and was also imported to India for R&D (Research and Development) purposes. The Honda PCX is expected to be launched in the second half of 2017 at a price of around Rs 85,000, ex-showroom.
The two-wheeler manufacturer already sells the scooter in the international markets and is powered by a 150 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The fuel-injected unit develops 11 hp of power and 14 Nm of torque. Honda might equip the PCX 150 with premium features such as LED turn indicators, front and rear disc brakes and a digital instrument console.
The Hero Duet E is a fully electric scooter concept based on the regular Duet scooter currently on sale. Aesthetically, the Duet E concept is similar to the internal combustion engine model, but with subtle changes. The bodywork and suspension will be shared with the Hero Duet to make it more cost and production efficiency. The e-scooter is powered by an electric motor churning out 5 kW and 14 Nm of torque and can do a claimed 0-60 kmph run in 6.5 seconds. Hero also revealed at the expo that the scooter has a travel range of 65 km on a single charge.
The only model that has been able to give Activa a tough fight is this stellar scooter from TVS. Currently, it is available with a 110cc engine and the company is planning to launch a larger capacity 125cc version. The scooter will also largely inherit its styling bits and looks from the 110cc version. Power on the scooter will reportedly come from the 125cc, fuel-injected engine mated to a CVT. In terms of power, we expect it to develop 10bhp and return impressive mileage ranging between 50 to 55kmpl.
Bajaj is gearing up to re-launch Chetak in India either this year or sometime next year. Unlike the defunct model, this one will don a new look and will compete with premium models in the segment. As for the engine, the new Chetak is likely to get a 125cc engine with a CVT auto box. The single cylinder, the air-cooled engine will benefit from Bajaj’s DTS-i technology and is expected to put out 9 to 10bhp.