There wasn't much action in the two-wheel department at Auto Expo 2020, but there were some interesting unveils. Here's a look at five of the most important showcases from the show.
A majority of two-wheel manufacturers skipped the Auto Expo 2020, but that doesn’t mean there was no action in that department. There were a couple of upcoming products that were on display, while the auto show also saw huge participation from various new electric vehicle start-ups, which are planning to launch their products in the coming time. But in this story, we're going to take a quick look at all the major happenings from the two-wheel industry at the Auto Expo 2020,
Aprilia dropped the veil on the new SXR maxi-scooter at the Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the SXR will be going on sale in September 2020, while bookings will begin in August. Coming back to the SXR, it’ll be offered in two variants – 125cc and 160cc, which means the SXR will share its powertrains with the SR 125 & SR 160. The SXR will be aimed at college-goers and youngsters as a more premium offering. The scooter will come equipped with all-LED lighting, a USB charging port, a fully-digital instrument cluster with Smartphone connectivity, a split glovebox and lift-up under-seat storage. The engine will be BS-VI compliant and will feature fuel-injection. The SXR will feature 12-inch alloy wheels. It’ll be offered in four colour options – red, black, blue, & white. Expect the new SXR scooters to be priced between Rs 95,000 and Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). Of course, that’s quite expensive, but then the SXR does look the part.
Auto Expo 2020 didn't have much to offer to bikers, but there was one bike that caught everyone’s attention – the 2020 Suzuki Katana. The new Katana was first revealed in 2018 and pays homage to the original Katana sportsbike from the 80’s, which also explains its design, which is a touch retro. The Katana is powered by a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, which it shares with the GSX-S1000. In this application, the engine develops 148bhp and 108Nm of torque and is tuned for sport-touring duties. The bike comes with three-riding models and fully adjustable KYB 43mm front forks. There’s no news if the Katana will go on sale in the country anytime soon, but it’s expected to come here as a CKD in the future.
Hero Electric showcased a number of electric two-wheelers at this year’s expo, and the AE-47 was one of the main highlights of the show. The AE-47 is propelled by a 6kW motor that derives power from a 3.5kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. The motorcycle is claimed to have a top speed of 100km/h and can do 0-60km/h in 9 seconds. It’ll have two modes – Power and Eco. In Power mode, the motorcycle is claimed to have a range of 85km, whereas in Eco mode it’ll offer 160km. Hero says that its battery can be fully charged in just 4 hours. Among other highlights, the AE-47 features telescopic front forks, disc brakes on both wheels, combined braking system, a digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity, a mobile charging port, and reverse function. The AE-47 is expected to go on sale later in 2020, and is expected to be priced at Rs 1.2 lakh – Rs 1.4 lakh.
Piaggio India showcased the Euro-spec Vespa Elettrica at the expo this year. Now, don’t get your hopes high, this e-scooter won’t be launched in India owing to cost constraints. However, Vespa is going to bring an electric scooter in the Indian market in the coming time, and it’ll be inspired by the Elettrica. It’s likely that the India-spec electric Vespa will feature a similar hardware – a 4Kw electric motor. The Elettrica has a range of 100km and can be charged fully in just 4 hours. The Vespa electric scooter for India is expected to make its debut in 2021.
Okinawa revealed a new electric scooter at the expo, albeit with a touch more style than usual. Billed as the Cruiser, the new Okinawa scooter is a maxi-scooter that looks big and imposing. That said, we aren’t completely sold on its excessively gold colour scheme though. At the same time, the scooter also has some glaring similarities to the China-made Zhejiang Luyuan LEV018. Moving on, the Cruiser will feature a removable 4kWh lithium-ion battery that will power a 3kW motor. The scooter is claimed to have a range of 120km and can reach up to 100km/h. Expect it to be priced at around Rs 1-1.2 lakh. The Okinawa Cruiser is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2020.