The start of 2015 has seen the launch of several new automobiles. It's time to add a couple of scooters to your information bank of automobiles for this year. Here is a list of 11 upcoming scooters that are going to cruise the Indian roads this year.
Hyosung ST-E3 EVA
The ST E3 EVA is an electric scooter from Hyosung motorcycles. The scooter gives a range of 100kms after charging for three hours. We can charge the lithium ion batteries in the scooter from a standard household outlet.
Engine Type: Electric (lithium-ion batteries), brushless DC in-wheel motor
Maximum Power: 38bhp
Top Speed: 60kmph
Expected Price: Rs 60,000-80,000
Yamaha is expanding its scooter portfolio with a new addition. The Yamaha D'elight, which has been spotted testing on the Indian roads, is expected to be launched soon during the first half of 2015. The D'elight is designed to have retro looks, with a round headlight and an overall design that may remind you of the Vespa. In the international market, the Yamaha D'elight is run by a fuel injected 114cc motor. But its Indian version would probably adopt the 113cc single cylinder engine as seen on the existing Ray and Alpha models. When launched, the D'elight is bound to win the hearts of the people and pose serious competition to the Vespa due to its comparatively cheaper price. However, the D'elight would be placed as a premium offering and would be priced marginally higher than the Alpha and Ray models.
Engine Type: 113cc, Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Maximum Power: 7 Bhp at 7500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 8.1 Nm at 5500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.4 litres
Expected Price: Rs 53,000
Yamaha 125cc Scooter
After the Ray series and the Alpha were launched in 2014, Yamaha seems to be quite confident enough to release a new product into the Indian scooter market. 2015 is a year that would witness the launch of Yamaha India's first 125cc scooter. Codenamed as 04X, this scooter would be manufactured at Yamaha's upcoming scooter production facility at Chennai. Based on the architectural design of the Yamaha Nozza Grande that was launched in Vietnam in 2015, this scooter is expected to generate around 8PS of peak power and 9.5Nm of torque. It would be pitched against the Honda Activa 125 and the Suzuki Access 125 in the Indian market.
Engine Type: 125cc, Air-cooled, Fuel-injected engine
Maximum Power: 8PS
Maximum Torque: 9Nm
Expected Price: Rs 55,000 - 60,000
Suzuki Swish 2015
Adding to the line of the Access and the recently launched Lets, Suzuki Motorcycle India brings in the Suzuki Swish with a new facelift. It is speculated that this version might be the first scooter from Suzuki that features a front disk brake, a digital instrument console, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. This scooter has also been given a mild makeover to make it more youthful. As for the mechanical front, there hasn't been any alterations and would continue to be powered by a 125cc air-cooled motor, with a power output of 8.7PS and a torque rating of 9.8Nm, mated to a CVT.
Engine Type: 124cc, 4 stroke, Single cylinder, OHC
Maximum Power: 6.4 KW at 7000rpm
Maximum Torque: 9.8 Nm at 5000rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 6.0 litre
Expected Price: Rs 58,000
This is one scooter that has been made with the Midas touch. Hero's latest 157cc scooter has grabbed the world's attention at the 2014 Auto Expo owing to its styling. Armed with features such as a dual projector headlamps with daylight running lights integrated in them, petal disc brakes, LED turn indicators and tail lamp, windscreen etc., this scooter would be run by a 157cc, liquid-cooled mill producing 14PS of power and 12.7Nm of torque. The top speed that this machine claims to hit is 110kmph. With the launch of the ZIR, Hero plans to resurrect the segment of maxi-scooters, which was started by the Kinetic Blaze almost a decade back.
Engine Type: 157.1 cc, 4 stroke, 2 valves, liquid cooled OHC engine
Maximum Power: 13.8 bhp at 8500rpm
Maximum Torque: 12.7 Nm at 7000rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 9 litres
Expected Price: Rs 80,000-90,000
Alongside the ZIR, Hero also unveiled a new 125cc scooter at the Auto Expo 2015 named as the Dare. With its sizzling and sporty design, the Dare has been made to appeal the male buyers and college students. Powered by a 125cc, air-cooled mill that pumps out 9PS of power and 9.5 Nm of torque, the new model has been packed with features like LED daylight running lamps and tail light, full digital instrumental console, mobile phone charging socket, boot light etc. An additional feature is the E-Coded security key. Hero has also added quality cycle parts like telescopic forks, disc brakes at the front and alloy wheels.
Engine Type: 125cc Force Air cooled, 4 stroke, Single cylinder OHC engine
Maximum Power: 9bhp at 7500rpm
Maximum Torque: 9.5Nm at 6500rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 6.0 litres
Expected Price: Rs 60,000-70,000
This year seems to be a "scooteristic" year for Hero MotoCorp, as 2015 can witness the launch of yet another scooter from the company which is to be christened as the Dash. A pretty elegant scooter which is pitched above the Hero Maestro, this scooter would compete with the TVS Jupiter, Honda Activa and the Yamaha Alpha in the scooter segment. To add more spice to the competition, this scooter is loaded with plenty of features like an external fuel lid, drum brakes with an Integrated Braking System (similar to Honda's Combi Braking System), maintenance free battery, telescopic front forks, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The Hero Dash would also feature a large under-seat storage space with light and mobile charger, along with a digital-cum-analogue instrument console with a side stand, low fuel and service due indicators. The power of the Dash would be derived from an 111cc, air-cooled motor that produces 8.5PS of maximum power and 9.4Nm of peak torque.
Engine Type: 111cc, 4-stroke, force air cooled, single cylinder engine
Maximum Power: 8.4bhp at 7500rpm
Maximum Torque: 9.4Nm at 5750rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 6.0litres
Expected Price: Rs 54,000
This year, Hero MotoCorps seems to have taken a pledge to not restrict its scooters to internal combustion engines itself. As was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo, the Leap would soon leap out from under its veils. A serial hybrid scooter with an 8KW electric motor and 124cc petrol mill, this little hero has got a small 3-litre fuel tank and a range of 340km, which indicates that this one is going to be really efficient. The seeming drawback of this scooter would be its weight at 140kg, which is mainly due to the large lithium-ion battery powering it. It's got 240mm discs up front and drum brakes for its rear wheels. This Leap would be leaping at the international markets first before debuting in the Indian markets.
Engine Type: Electric motor combined with a petrol engine, air cooled hybrid
Maximum Power: 10.7bhp
Maximum Torque: 60Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3litres
Expected Price: Rs 65,000-70,000
The Italian brand Piaggio introduced the Vespa into the Indian markets and now it has come with yet another addition to its portfolio- the Liberty. However, when compared to the Vespa, the Liberty seems to be more utilitarian for daily use. Powering the scooter would be the same 125cc engine that runs the Vespa, but this time it would minus the 3-valve technology in order to cut cost and to deliver better fuel efficiency. The major features of the Liberty would be the 14-inch wheels - compared to the 10-inch found on most other scooters in the Indian markets- electronic immobiliser and disc brakes.
Engine Type: 124cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled and fuel-injected engine
Maximum Power: 10.5HP at 7500rpm
Maximum Torque: 9.6Nm at 7250rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 7.0litres
Expected Price: Rs 60,000
Piaggio Fly 125
A capable vehicle with reasonable acceleration, great poise and handling, the Piaggio Fly 125 is expected to go on sale in India in a few months. The Fly 125 is an electric start vehicle with a super-efficient 3-valve 125cc engine for lower emissions. It is also armed with a hydraulic shock absorber with a pre-load adjuster. The maximum power guaranteed by this scooter is 14bhp at 9750rpm and the maximum torque stands out at 12Nm at 8000rpm. With a classic Italian design that offers high comfort level and precised safety, the Fly is completely worth its shot. This vehicle is expected to give tough competition to the Honda Activa, Suzuki Swish and Mahindra Duro.
Engine Type: 124cc, 4-stroke, Air cooled single cylinder engine
Maximum Power: 14bhp at 9750rpm
Maximum Torque: 12Nm at 8000rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 7.50 litres
Expected Price: Rs 52,000
The Vespa 946 has already created a buzz in the scooter segment due to its high price which actually seems to be quite reasonable for a single cylinder 125cc, 3 valve petrol engine that gives 11.7bhp of power and 10.3Nm of torque, which is mated to a CVT automatic transmission. The body is made of sheet steel with Aluminium elements, including the handlebar, paddle support, side panels and front mud guard. The scooter gets an ABS braking system and ASR electronic traction control. It rides on two large 12-inch wheels and is brought to a stop by dual disc brakes. It also features a full LCD dashboard, LED headlamp/tail lamp and signal turn indicators. This can be treated as a work of art powered by an engine.
Engine Type: Single-cylinder 4-stroke engine
Maximum Power: 11.7HP at 8250rpm
Maximum Torque: 10.3 Nm at 7000rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.5litres
Expected Price: Rs 8lakhs-9lakhs
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