TVS recently launched the updated iQube in three variants in India. The scooter now comes in the Standard, S and ST variants with the ST coming in the same ballpark as the Ather 450X.
The new ST variant comes as a significant upgrade over its predecessor with more features and more range. So here’s how the two fare against each other on paper.
The new iQube ST carries forward the same design ethos as the outgoing version. The scooter comes with a horizontally placed LED strip at the front along with a small-smoked visor on the top. The design elements on the iQube are fairly subtle with minimal and clean bodywork.
The Ather 450X lies on the other end of the spectrum with a very aggressive and sporty design. The Ather 450X gets sharp body panels with an LED headlight at the front with LED indicators mounted on the handlebar cowl.
For the ST variant, TVS has upped the game with new features including smartphone connectivity, remote vehicle immobilization, 7-inch touchscreen, play/pause music, social media notifications, OTA updates, geo-fencing, anti-theft, live location tracking, navigation and more.
The Ather 450X, on the other hand, comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that lets you access all the tech. The scooter gets features ranging from navigation to Bluetooth connectivity as well as the documents, reverse mode, brightness adjustment, and errors, all the features are accessible from the screen.
The iQube’s ST variant comes with a 4.4kWBLDC hub-mounted motor which gets the juice from a 4.56kWh lithium-ion battery with a maximum range of 145km in the Eco mode. TVS claims that the scooter can go up to a top speed of 82kmph.
Meanwhile, the Ather 450X comes with a 6kW PMS motor along with a 2.9kWh lithium-ion battery. The Ather tops out at 95kmph in the warp mode with a maximum range of 88km in eco mode.
In terms of suspension duties, the iQube ST comes in the form of telescopic front forks and adjustable rear shock. The scooter sits on a set of 12-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 90/90 tyres. Braking duties are handled by a 220mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum unit.
Ather has equipped the 450X with telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear. Its braking setup comprises a 200mm front and a 190mm rear disc mounted on a 90/90 wheel setup.