TVS Motors is building a new, sporty automatic scooter for the Indian market. It’s expected to be the production version of the Graphite concept that TVS showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The new scooter could be called the Graphite 125, and is expected to be shown at the upcoming Auto Expo. Here’s what it could look like.
TVS Motors has been tesing the Graphite extensively, and there are many spyshots of the scooter floating on the internet. People who have spotted the scooter have also revealed that it is capable of speeds over 100 Kph, making it one of the fastest automatic scooters in the country. When launched here, it’ll be an Aprilia SR125/SR150 rival.
It’s likely to feature a 125cc, air cooled engine with 11.5 Bhp on tap, making it one of the most powerful scooters on sale in India. While the concept showed an AMT gearbox with paddle shifters, the production version is expected to settle for a more conventional CVT automatic gearbox, like most other automatic scooters in India.
Suspension on the Graphite 125 will feature telescopic forks at front and a monoshock at the rear. Alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres are likely, while a hydraulic disc brake will be used on the front wheel with the rear getting a drum brake. In terms of styling, the Graphite 125 will look quite sharp and slender.
In terms of features, it is expected to be loaded. GPS navigation may be offered on the fully digital instrument cluster, which is expected to offer a lot of information read-outs. An external fuel cap for comfortable refueling, mobile charger and an LED tail lamp will be the other notable features on the scooter.
The trend of performance-focused automatic scooters is gaining traction in India. Apart from the Graphite 125, similar scooters from Yamaha (Aerox 155) and Suzuki (Burgman) are also expected to be launched soon in India. These scooters will be pricier than pure-commuter variants.