Here is the list of upcoming new scooters in India in the next two years along with their tentative launch date, price & specs
Before bikes captured the Indian two-wheeler market completely, people used scooters for their daily commuting. The chunky two wheelers with conventional design and dated styling were soon overpowered by the sporty bikes with muscular looks and chiselled body. However, the era of scooters returned with the gearless models in the early 2000s. Attributed to contemporary styling, impressive mileage and CVT transmission, scooters are back in demand and account for a massive share in the total sales in the two-wheeler market. In the recent past, India has witnessed foray of several known brands in the scooter segment, and has seen launch of an array of models. Here we bring you the complete list of upcoming scooters in India in 2018 and 2019.
Japanese two-wheeler automaker will launch a premium 125cc scooter in the Indian market. The scooter made its India debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. This scooter will be introduced as a lifestyle scooter and will target urban commuters. It has been designed in-line with global Burgman scooters with uniquely-styled front end with large apron and windscreen. It is powered by a 125cc, single-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 8.40bhp of power and 10.20Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a CVT automatic gearbox.
Expected Launch – Mid-2018
Expected Price – 65,000
Italian two-wheeler automaker, Aprilia had unveiled the Storm 125 scooter at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. This scooter is basically a sportier version of the SR 125. It features 14-inch wheels shod with Vee Rubber-branded off-road tyres, large windscreen, etc. This scooter is powered by a 125cc, single-cylinder carburetted engine that is capable of producing 10.5bhp of power and 9.9Nm of torque. Transmission has been carried over from the SR 125 – i.e. CVT automatic.
Expected Price-Rs 60,000 to Rs 63,000
Expected Launch – End of 2018 or Early 2019
It was speculated that Yamaha will showcase the new Aerox 155 scooter at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018; that didn’t happen. However, this scooter has been spotted in India suggesting that the model could be launched in the country. This premium scooter is equipped with several features like dual LED headlights, LED taillight, wide tubeless tyres, electric socket, seat and fuel lid buttons, 5.8-inch LCD digital meter panel, etc. It is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum power output of 14.8bhp and a peak torque of 14.4Nm.
Expected Launch – 2018-19
Expected Price – 65,000 – 70,000
The new model under the Piaggio brand is expected to be the new ‘Liberty scooter that is likely to be positioned below its Vespa range. While the model is already on retail in overseas markets, in India it is expected to come with a 125cc engine that. It is expected that ‘Liberty’ will share the 125cc engine with the Vespa model, tuned to make 10bhp with 11Nm of torque. In international markets, the scooter comes with a single-channel ABS, under storage compartment and a front glove compartment, the India-bound model is unlikely to get ABS as a standard provision. However, TVS could offer customization options on the scooter such as electronic alarm, Piaggio sound system, anti-theft system and windscreen.
Expected Launch-Rs 80,000
Expected Price-Sometime in 2018
One of the eagerly awaited upcoming scooters in India in 2017 & 2018 from the stables of Hero is the ZIR 150. The model was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and is expected to be launched in two variants-a ‘European style’ step- through and the flat floorboard. Power on the scooter will come from the 157cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that makes 13.9bhp of power at 8500rpm with 12.7Nm of torque. In terms of features, the bike is likely to get LED winkers, European-styled step seat etc. Additionally, it will also feature flower type disc plates, a digital analog console and integrated pillion handle along with a host of connectivity goodies.
Expected Price-Around Rs 75,000
Expected Launch- 2018-2019
This could be the first premium offering from Honda in the scooter space that currently dominates the market with its longstanding Activa model. It is undoubtedly one of the most awaited upcoming scooters in India. This was among the few models that were showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. Reports in media suggest that the scooter has already been imported to India for R&D purpose. It is to be noted that the model is already sold in international markets and features a 150cc, single cylinder, fuel-injected engine with 11bhp and 14Nm of torque. On the feature front, the premium model is expected to sport LED turn indicators, digital instrument console and front & rear disc brakes.
Expected Price – Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000
Expected Launch – 2018-19
If all goes as planned, the Indian market will soon transform into an all EV market by 2030. While car manufacturers are already exploring opportunities to set foot in India, there are several two-wheeler makers who are also planning to launch electric two wheelers in the world’s fifth largest market. Ather Energy, an Indian based firm is evaluating options to launch an electric scooter dubbed Ather S340, that has been built from ground up. It weighs just 90 kg (kerb weight), thanks to the use of components like aluminium chassis and swingarm. It gets the lithium-ion battery (imported) and features a Sport mode. Interestingly, it takes just an hour for one complete charge.
Expected Price – Rs 1 lakh
Expected Launch – Sometime in 2018
This upcoming scooter in India from Hero will be a pure electric model that debuted at the India’s largest motoring event, Auto Expo last year. Just so you know, the scooter has been designed by Hero’s in-house R&D team and it will feature a 5kW/14Nm electric motor that propels the scooter from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds. The scooter ostensibly offers a range of 60kms in one complete charge. Additionally, it features a black panel on the front apron, white livery and green decals. While there is no specific timeline for the launch of Hero Duet-E, we expect it to come either in 2017 or next year.
Expected Launch-Rs 60,000
In a bid to further expand share, Hero MotoCorp is planning to launch a range of new scooters in the Indian market. The company will launch the 125cc versions of the Maestro Edge and Duet in the country. Both these models were unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. While the new Hero Maestro Edge 125 with sporty styling will appeal young buyers, the Duet 125 will target mass audience. It is powered by a 125cc, single-Energy cylinder Boost engine that churns out 8.7bhp of power and 10.2Nm of torque.
Expected Price- Rs 60,000 to Rs 62,000
Expected Launch-Sometime in 2018
Piaggio is exploring options to launch Vespa GTS 300 in the Indian market. Upon its launch, it will go up against the premium scooters in India. Since the scooter will be routed to India through CBU, it is expected to carry a hefty price tag. Sporting retro elements, the scooter will use a 278cc, single cylinder, engine good for 21bhp and 22.3Nm of torque. On the feature front, it will come with a LCD display, while in the overseas markets, expect it to get traction control, dual-channel ABS etc.
Expected Price– Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh
Expected Launch– 2018
Hero is expected to finally launch its long-awaited scooter, Dare in India sometime this year. Aimed at the male customers, this macho scooter was first revealed at the 2014 Auto Expo. With styling bits like digital console, automatic headlamps on (AHO), full LED tail-lights, mobile charging point, dual-tone wheel design etc Dare looks sporty and muscular. For power generation, it will use a single-cylinder 124.6cc engine good for 9.38bhp at 7500rpm with 9.8Nm of peak torque. It will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox and will additionally get a 200mm diameter hydraulic disc brake at front and 130mm drum brake at rear. Suspension duties on the other hand will be handled by the telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers in front and single hydraulic shock at rear.
Expected Launch – 2018
Expected Price – Rs 55,000
Bajaj is gearing up to re-launch Chetak in India either this year or sometime next year. The patent images of the scooter went viral on the inter-web early this year, confirming Bajaj’s plan to launch it in the country. Unlike the defunct model, this one will don a new look and will compete with premium models in the segment. However, it will retain its retro styling and will be positioned as a unisex model. As for the engine, the new Chetak is likely to get a 125cc engine with a CVT auto box. The single cylinder, air-cooled engine will benefit from Bajaj’s DTS-i technology and is expected to put out 9 to 10bhp along with 9Nm of torque.
Expected Price-Rs 65,000
Expected Launch – 2018-19
The only model that has been able to give Activa a tough fight is this stellar scooter from TVS. Currently, it is available with a 110cc engine and if media reports are to be believed, the company is planning to launch a larger capacity 125cc version. Testifying the launch, a camouflaged model was spotted at one of the company’s stockyard lately. It is believed that the scooter will largely inherit its styling bits and looks from the 110cc version. Power on the scooter will reportedly come from the 125cc, fuel-injected engine mated to a CVT. In terms of power, we expect it to develop 10bhp and return impressive mileage ranging between 50 to 55kmpl.
Expected Price-Rs 57,000 to Rs 61,000
Expected Launch – End of 2018