After the announcement of BS4 emission norms implementation from 1st April 2017, most two-wheeler manufacturers have updated their vehicles with the said emission norms along with an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) unit. Talking about the automatic scooter segment in the country, the companies have witnessed good sales in the past month, especially HMSI, which sold 368,550 units
Overall, in April, 2017, the scooter sales grew by 25 percent, outnumbering the motorcycle sales.
The demand for scooters has increased rapidly as technology improvement has allowed scooters to come within breathing distance of the fuel-efficiency offered by motorcycles. This was the main reasons people switched to motorcycles from scooters, starting in the 1990s. Now though with the fuel-efficiency figures being comparable, people are resorting back to them considering the added practicality they offer. The year 2017 has some exciting scooter launches in store and we've compiled a list of upcoming scooters in India in 2017 with expected price, specification and features.
Aprilia SR 125
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 that will develop a maximum power of around 9.4 hp and will churn out a peak torque of 8.2 Nm. The engine will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox, with a possibility of the gearing tuned more towards acceleration. 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 colour scheme. The rear will get split grab rails and ‘SR 125’ badging. The scooter is expected to be priced between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000 ex-showroom, Delhi
TVS 110 cc scooter
Last month, TVS Motor Company teased a new scooter on its official website and it is expected to be launched soon in the country. The teaser image only reveals the tail lamp of the upcoming scooter that resembles the Scooty Zest 110. The upcoming 110 cc scooter will receive an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) function in which the headlamps remain on in tandem with the ignition. The upcoming scooter will have features similar to that of the Scooty Zest and will get new graphics, DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), USB charging socket and new colour options that consist of glossy, matte and dual tone shades. The scooter will also feature an illuminated speedometer, textured floorboard, stainless steel muffler guard and a 19 litre under seat storage. The new TVS scooter is expected to be powered by the existing 109.7 cc engine that produces 8 hp of power at 7,500 rpm and 8.7 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. The engine is expected to deliver a fuel economy of around 62 kmpl and will have a fuel tank capacity of 5 litres.
The new Piaggio Liberty will be the first scooter in the company's portfolio that is expected to be priced below the Vespa range in India. The Piaggio Liberty is already available in international markets and is powered by a 125 cc engine that also powers the Vespa 125 cc scooter in the country. The 125 cc unit generates a maximum power of 10 hp and 11 Nm of torque, which is paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. The Liberty also features a single-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), under-seat storage compartment that can hold an open face helmet and a front glove compartment. However, the Indian-spec model might miss out features like ABS and instead, offer it as an option along with a wide range of accessory option such as windscreen, anti-theft system, electronic alarm and Piaggio sound system. The Liberty will have a low seat height and will also receive LED front light, analogue speedometer with digital fuel and distance indicators as well as chrome accents on the rear view mirrors.
Hero MotoCorp is considering launching the new Hero ZIR automatic scooter in the country soon in the later half of this year. The Hero ZIR is likely to get its power from a 157.1 cc single cylinder engine that will deliver a maximum power of around 14.1 hp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 12.7 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The said engine is expected to offer a fuel efficiency of 110 kmpl and will have a fuel tank capacity of 9 litres. Talking about the features, the upcoming Hero ZIR 150 is likely to get features such as dual projector headlamps, a windshield, LED turn indicators and front hydraulic disc brake. The scooter will also receive telescopic shock absorbers at the front and an adjustable dual shock absorber at the rear. An electric start, step-up and split seat options along with a pass light switch will also be a part of the feature list. The ZIR 150 will be available in three body colours, Red, Black and Blue and is expected to be priced around Rs. 70,000, ex-showroom.
Honda PCX 150
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.