Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) was the most popular geared scooter manufacturer until the end of the last millennium. While geared scooters are no longer in fashion, the popularity of automatic scooters has been on the rise. The Honda Activa, for instance, has been so popular that its sales numbers are at par with most of the 100-cc motorcycles. Now, it looks like Bajaj Auto Ltd is planning to jump into the automatic scooter bandwagon with the launch of an all-new scooter. Rumours abound that the company will re-launch the Chetak brand to capitalize on the strong brand image of its discontinued geared scooter.
It’s being said that the new Bajaj Chetak will be launched sometime next year. it will take on the Piaggio Vespa and the Aprilia SR150. The good folks at Gaadiwaadi claim that the new scooter will be positioned in the 125-cc segment and will have a price of roughly Rs. 70,000. At this price point, the Chetak will also have to lock horns with the TVS NTorq 125 and Suzuki Burgman. The new-gen Chetak will also get an electric variant at a later stage. The electric version is likely to be called ‘Chetak Chic Electric’ and will debut in 2020.
In all probability, the all-new Bajaj Chetak will have a retro-esque design. Also, it is likely offer a good mix of performance and mileage. Akin to the original Chetak, the new version will offer many storage spaces. The report goes on to state that the upcoming scooter’s near-125-cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor will offer a high mileage and a peak power of roughly 9.5 bhp. The features list will include an all-digital speedo console with Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging port, CBS brakes and so on.
Back in 2015, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto Ltd, had said that his company has no plans to launch a modern automatic scooter anytime soon. He added that Bajaj Auto Ltd was focussed on consolidating its position as a world-class motorcycle manufacturer and wishes to achieve a higher popularity in the international market before shifting its focus to another segment of the market. Going by the recent report, it looks like the company is finally ready to take a plunge into the highly lucrative scooter segment.
Source – Gaadiwaadi