Scooters are now becoming the preferred choice for many in India. They are more comfortable and convenient to use during daily city commuting and while they might not be as fun as a bike, the ease of use covers up for that. Manufacturers are also taking note of this growing industry and hence many companies have been working on new scooters to gain a piece of market. Here are five scooters that are likely to see the light of day soon.
TVS Wego (next generation)
Expected Launch Date: Mid 2019
The TVS Wego is quite a good scooter but has been running for way long than it should have. The company has addressed this and has already beun working on it second generation version. The scooter was recently caught testing and though the body shape remains the same, it has many changes to say the least. Changes on the exterior will be changed front and rear lights along with a new, redesigned mirrors. Also, the instrument cluster will be an all new digital analogue unit. reports suggests that the new Wego will come with a sportier sounding exhaust.
Hero Maestro 125
Expected Launch Date: November end 2018
Hero has recently launched the Destini 125 scooter which market its foray into the 125cc scooter segment. While the Destini was a more rounded product, the company plans to bring in a the Maestro 125 as a more sporty alternative. It will take on the likes of Aprilia SR 125 and the TVS Ntorq. It will be powered by the same motor which produces 8.7 Bhp of power and 10.2 Nm of torque in the Destini but expect the power to be slightly spruced up in order to take on the competition.
Expected Launch Date: Mid 2019
The Yamaha NMax is a Maxi styled scooter which will challenge the Suzuki Burgman and the Aprilia SR150 upon its launch. Powering this scooter will be a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine which churns out 14.8 PS of power along with 14.4 Nm of peak torque. This engine is infact derived from the R15 but will be de-tuned for a more linear response. The NMax will feature LED elements on headlights, a fully-digital instrument console along with a large windscreen among others. This will be Yamaha’s first scooter in the 150 segment and will also be the most powerful along with most expensive scooter in India.
TVS Jupiter 125
Expected Launch Date: 2019 first half (speculated)
Though TVS has not yet accepted publicly that’s it’s making a 125 cc version of the Jupiter, speculations are rife that it’s been going through testing phase. The test mules spotted were also missing the choke pull switch which means that it will use a fuel injected engine. The design and other bits would not be changed much apart from a slight more bling here and there. The top end variant could also come with a disc brake upfront. Expect the power output to hover around the 9 Bhp mark.
Aprilia Storm 125
Expected Launch Date: January 2019
Piaggio India unveiled two new scooters at the Auto Expo 2018. One of these was the SR125, which is already on sale now. The other was a slightly more stylish version, which is called the Storm 125. It gets the same engine that powers the SR125. The single-pot motor outputs a maximum power of 9.6 PS and a peak torque of 9.9 Nm. The major difference between the Storm 125 and the SR125 is that the former looks slightly more rugged than the latter. Expect the storm to take the fight further for Aprilia in the 125 cc segment.