Bajaj will launch the Qute in India soon, as the quadricycle has been spotted at the company's dealership in Gujarat by Rushlane.com. The automaker sells the Qute quadricycle in 20 countries across continents likes Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. However, there is still no confirmation as to when the Qute will be launched in India, but we expect it to be launched by the end of this year. The Bajaj Qute is powered by a 216 cc single-cylinder DTS-i petrol engine that produces around 18 hp of power and 20 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a 4-speed manual gearbox and is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency of around 35 kmpl. The four-seater quadricycle has a maximum speed of 70 kmph and has a turning radius of 3 metres. It measures 2,752 mm in length, 1,312 mm in width, 1,652 mm in height and has 1,925 mm of wheelbase.
The launch of the Bajaj Qute was initially planned for 2015, but it was delayed as the Government of India didn't allow such vehicles (quadricycle) due to safety concerns as it is light weight and lack of safety features. Therefore, it does not qualify to be classified as a car. Now, the government has classified the quadricycle under the new vehicle category and allowed the sale of the Qute under commercial vehicle segment in India.
Initially, the Qute was called the RE60 and was designed for city driving, to replace the conventional auto-rickshaw. The Bajaj Qute quadricycle has the characteristics of a three-wheeler, but has four wheels and is expected to be priced around Rs 2 lakh, on-road. As per the reports, it is also said that the company will initially sell the Qute for commercial purpose and later will launch a variant for the passenger market.
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