TVS Motors has launched two exciting products in the recent past. After the launch of Apache RR310 and NTorq, TVS is said to be working on two new cruiser bikes. The Indian manufacturer had showcased the concept cruiser model called Zeppelin at the 2018 Auto Expo, the company may have started working on it.
The news comes from Motoroids, who says that sources close to the development have said that TVS is working on two new products that will be launched in the cruise segment. TVS recently barged into the segment of fully faired bikes and performance scooter. Now, with the upcoming bikes, TVS will also enter the cruiser segment taking on the likes of Bajaj Dominar, Mahindra Mojo and Royal Enfield bikes.
We feel that both the bikes will have a common platform, electricals, features and engine but will have different styling similar to the upcoming Royal Enfield 650 twins. The motorcycles are being developed from the ground’s up. We may see the Zeppelin styling overflowing into the new production model bikes just like we saw the TVS Akula concept inspiring the Apache RR 310.
The Zeppelin concept model at the 2018 Auto Expo was powered by a 220cc, single-cylinder engine. The bike also had the patented Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) from TVS. It is an electric-boost option that provides more power to the bike when required. The mild-hybrid system on the bike gets a 1200W regenerative assist motor with 48V Li-ion battery. It looks quite futuristic and will not make its way to the production model.
The different designs of the cruiser motorcycles will target a different audience. One will be a modern cruiser like the Bajaj Dominar while the other body form will be similar to the Triumph Bonneville with retro styling but modern engineering. The bikes are expected to reach Indian markets in 2020