Scooty launched at the 2018 Auto Expo
As the 2018 Auto Expo opens for the media, we take a look at the action in the most popular two wheeler segment, the scooters/scooty segment. With companies like Honda and Hero, the scooter segment in India has grown rapidly in the last decade. And this years Auto Show has brought in several new launches.
Honda Activa 5G
Starting with the leading manufacturer in the scooter category, Honda has introduced an update to the Activa Series, dubbed as the Activa 5G. At a price tag of Rs 54,000 (ex-showroom), the 5th-Gen Activa will be available for sale in the first week of March.
Similar to the previous model, the new 5G is equipped with a 110cc, four strokes, fan-cooled engine. Which is capable of producing maximum power of 8 Bhp with 9 Nm of peak torque, and mated to a CVT automatic transmission.
The Activa bears 18 litres of storage under the seat, drum brakes on both wheels along with a Combi-braking system, tubeless tyres and steel rims. At the front, it has a link suspension, while a mono shock absorber at the rear. The Activa 5G promises to deliver 60+ kmpl.
Inspired by the young generation, the Honda Grazia is showcased at the 2018 Auto Show. Initially launched last month at a price tag of Rs Rs 59,752 (ex-showroom), the Honda Grazia is available in Orange, Black, Red, Grey and Blue colour options. In was unveiled with aggressive and a modern styling with features like dual-LED tail lights and a new instrument cluster.
Grazia is powered by a displacement engine of 125cc, single-cylinder, which develops the maximum power of 8.6 bhp at 6500 RPM and 10.12 Nm peak torque at 5500 RPM. Further, it comes with an option of alloy wheels and a front disk brake. According to the manufacturer, the Grazia too will deliver upto 60kmpl.
Honda PCX Electric
Initially launched at the Tokyo motor show, the PCX is an electric scooter, powered by a 0.98kW electric motor, and fueled with a Li-ion Honda Mobile Power Pack (HMPB) battery. Honda has taken an interesting rute bto tackle the challenge with electric scooters. Of keeping it charged and ready to go. Thus, unlike usual plug-in electric vehicles, it comes with a desktop charging station which will allow the person charge their extra HMPB batteries and swap them with the discharged one and you are good to go.
The company believes that with the convenience of swappable batteries, people living in apartments and condo-dwellers will not struggle to charging the vehicle and will be more interested. Further, the Scooty can also be charged with the traditional plug-in option.
Hero Duet 125 and Hero Maestro Edge 125
Hero MotoCorp has launched new upgraded models of the Duet 125 and Maestro Edge 125, equipped with the i3S engine. The 125cc displacement motor is capable of producing 8.5 bhp of maximum power with peak torque of 10 Nm.
Earlier spotted in the Hero Splendor iSmart bike, the i3S technology allows the system to automatically switch off the engine and switches back on when you simply press the clutch. In other words, when you stop the bike the i3S system puts the engine into hibernate or sleep mode. As far as mileage is concerned, Duet 125 claims 59 kmpl, while Maestro Edge 125 promises to offer 62kmpl
Inspired by the design language of the European scooters, the Burgman Street Scooter is expected to hit the Indian roads in the third quarter. It will be announced between the price tag of Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 (ex-showroom).
The Burgman is powered by a 125cc liquid cooled, single cylinder, SOHC engine. In terms of dimensions, it measures 2055 mm in length, 740 mm in width and has a wheelbase of 1465 mm. While the seat height stands 735mm and weight 161 kg.
Aprilia SR 125 and Aprilia Storm
The Italian motorcycle company, Aprilia has announced to launch its Aprilia SR 125 and Storm for the Indian market at the Auto Expo. Between the price tag of Rs 62,000 - Rs 65,000 (ex-showroom), the scooters are expected to be available by the third quarter in the country.
In terms of design, SR 125 is very much similar to its elder sibling SR 150, while the Storm has a more sporty look. Further, the former comes with the 14-inch wheel size, however, later has the 12-inch wheels. The machines are powered by a 125cc displacement engine, which produces 10 Bhp of maximum power and 10.6 Nm of peak torque.
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