TVS Motors could launch the production version of the 212cc Zepellin cruiser motorycle, which was first showcased as a concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The production version of the Zeppelin is all set to be launched in the 2020 Indian Auto Expo, according to BikeWale. The Zepellin cruiser will use a 212cc liquid cooled four stroke engine that will put out over 20 Bhp of peak power. This engine will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms, and will use fuel injection to comply with the tighter emissions. The engine is likely to get a four valve head running on twin overhead camshafts. Also, a 5 speed manual gearbox is likely to be offered with the bike, which will be positioned as a sporty ‘power’ cruiser. In terms of pricing, the TVS Zeppelin is likely to slot in between the Bajaj Avenger 220 on the lower end of the spectrum to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 on the higher end of the price band. A price tag of around Rs. 1.2 lakhs is likely for the TVS cruiser. While the Bajaj Avenger is available with 150cc and 220cc engines, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird is available with 350cc and 500cc engines.
The LED headlamp, upside down front forks, spoked wheels, disc brakes on both wheels with dual channel ABS, and a start-stop system to cut down on emissions and fuel consumption, are expected to be carried over from the concept into production. Overall, the motorcycle will come as a refreshing new alternative in the cruiser space, which has traditionally been oriented towards relaxed offerings than a sporty one. The TVS Zeppelin is likely to be the NTorq of the cruiser segment. To keep costs low, a lot of parts such as the switchgear, footpegs and the instrument cluster could be borrowed from the Apache 200. The Zeppelin promises to be the second most expensive in the TVS Motors line-up, sitting below the flagship Apache 310 RR in terms of positioning.
In the past couple of years, TVS Motors has attempted to carve out niche segments in India with multiple two wheelers. One such motorcycle was the Apache RR310, which is derived from the BMW G 310 twins. The Apache 310, which is priced over Rs. 2 lakhs got off to a strong start but sales have tapered off. The sportsbike’s looks and dimensions give a big bike feel to riders, and are major selling points. TVS Motors also launched a sporty automatic scooter in the form of the NTorq. Aimed mainly at younger buyers, the NTorq not only gets sporty styling but also a powerful 125cc four stroke engine with a grunty exhaust note. The NTorq has been a big hit for the two wheeler giant.