TVS Motor Company, the popular Hosur-based South Indian two-wheeler manufacturer, has launched a new variant of the TVS XL 100 moped in India. Called the TVS XL 100 i-Touch Start, the new model is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 36,109 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It may be noted here that the XL 100 is the most popular TVS model in the country. The company dispatches roughly 75,000 units of this moped every month. The XL 100 is particularly popular in small towns and rural areas.
The TVS XL 100 i-Touch Start is costlier than the XL 100 Heavy Duty variant. The new model gets an electric starter motor along with a new paint scheme. Also, the new XL 100 i-Touch gets LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and a USB phone charger. Furthermore, the new XL 100 i-Touch variant gets a new split seat that can be removed to accommodate extra luggage. Other than the new purple paint scheme, the XL 100 i-Touch Start is also available in a range of colours, which includes shades of Red, Green, Grey, Blue and Black. The new i-Touch Start variant costs Rs. 2,450 more than the Heavy Duty variant. It’s also as much as Rs 3,350 costlier than the base variant. The new variant will be sold alongside the XL Super and the XL Super Heavy Duty across all authorized TVS dealerships in India.
The TVS XL 100 i-Touch Start is powered by a 99-cc, single-cylinder engine that offers a maximum power of 4.3 bhp along with a peak torque of 6.5 Nm. The engine comes mated to a single-speed transmission. The moped has a top speed of 60 kmph. It offers a claimed mileage of 67 kmpl. The XL 100 i-Touch, akin to the other variants, gets telescopic forks at the front and dual hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. Both the wheels get a drum brake each. In spite of the rather mediocre power and torque figures, the XL 100 i-Smart isn’t really underpowered. This is owing to a low kerb weight of just 80 kgs. Like we said, the TVS XL 100 range of mopeds is quite popular in semi-urban and rural areas. With the addition of the new i-Touch Start variant, TVS should see a slight increase in the popularity of this moped.