Bajaj Auto will soon launch the much-awaited Bajaj Qute quadricycle in India. The new quadricycle will first go on sale in Kerala and the Northeastern states. According to the Moneycontrol, Bajaj has received approval from the Supreme Court of India to start selling this long-awaited Quadricycle in India with some conditions.
Commenting on the Qute launch, Kevin D’sa, President (Finance), Bajaj Auto Ltd. said, “Permission of the Qute have come through, and we will start in the next few days. Technically Kerala is allowed to retail it so the initial plan is to send out 35-40 vehicles to all the dealerships so that registration process can be completed. But I would say that retails in the North-East and Kerala should commence next month.” Read – All New Bajaj Pulsar 125 In The Works
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The Bajaj Qute comes under a new category of vehicle in India and it will only be used for commercial purposes. It is not classified as a personal vehicle. This means that this quadricycle will need clearance from individual state governments. Last month, the central government cleared the policy to permit such vehicles for commercial use. Bajaj Qute was first announced in 2012, and since then it faced several hurdles before going for sale in the country. In fact, several PILs were filed by various entities to stall the commercial launch of the quadricycle. Also See – Bajaj Pulsar 250 Coming Next Year
Bajaj has started dispatching the Qute to dealerships in Kerala and the North Eastern states. The official commercial launch will happen next month, while deliveries are likely to commence in early August. Bajaj Auto is confident that other states will also give approval to sell this quadricycle. Read – Bajaj Pulsar Set For A Generation Change
Bajaj has also confirmed that the Qute platform is compatible to accommodate an electric powertrain. The company is also working on a battery operated version of the quadricycle. It will be launched as a safer alternative to a three-wheeler. Adding to it, Bajaj Auto has commissioned a plant to produce 5,000 quadricycles a month. The Qute is powered by a 217cc, four-stroke, single cylinder engine that produces 13bhp of peak power and 20Nm of torque, and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. This quadricycle is claimed to offer a top speed of 70kmph. In terms of dimensions, the Qute is 2,752mm in length, 1,312mm in width, 1,650mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,925mm.