Top 5 Scooters Launched In India In 2019
Here are the top five scooters launched in India this year that should be at the top of your list if you’re on the hunt for one
The year 2019 has been quite exciting with changes in government regulations bringing about a new breed of two-wheelers. Amongst these are a bunch of scooters that changed the dynamics of everyday commuting by carrying more practical features and a greener, more fuel-efficient engine. So it goes without saying that these five scooters should be on the top of your list if you’re out to buy one.
BS6 Honda Activa 125: Rs 67,490
The 2019 Honda Activa 125 was the first BS6 compliant two-wheeler to be launched in the country. It's powered by a new fuel-injected engine which makes 8.29PS at 6000rpm 8.63PS at 6500rpm. That said, with the inclusion of Honda's start-stop tech and fuel-injection, the motor is now 13 percent more fuel-efficient than before.
While it retains the same silhouette, it has received a new front fascia and an external fuel-filler cap. The headlamp, as well as the pilot lamps on the front apron, are lit by LEDs. The semi-digital instrument console now displays the average and real-time fuel efficiency as well as distance to empty. Other notable features include a side-stand engine immobilizer, pass light switch as well as an engine start-stop system- a first for Honda. If you'd like to learn more about the BS6 Honda Activa 125, click here.
BS6 TVS Jupiter: Rs 67,911
TVS’ BS6-compliant Jupiter gets a reworked engine that's claimed to be 15 per cent more efficient than the BS4 model. It even features fuel injection as standard now. Thanks to these changes, the scooter now commands a premium of Rs 7,921 over the BS4 Jupiter Classic edition. Other noteworthy features include an apron-mounted storage bin with a USB charging port and a tinted visor.
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Unfortunately, TVS hasn't revealed the engine specifications yet. What we do know is that the BS6 model features a drum brake at the front compared to the BS4 Jupiter Classic’s 220mm front disc. The Jupiter Classic ET-FI is also India’s first 110cc BS6-compliant scooter and currently, the only one to be equipped with fuel injection in its segment. As for its rivals, it competes against the Hero Maestro Edge and the Honda Activa 5G.
Hero Maestro Edge 125 Fi: Rs 63,200
The Hero Maestro Edge 125 was the first fuel-injected scooter to be launched in India. While this variant is priced at Rs 63,200, Hero also offers a carb variant, prices for which start at Rs 59,000 (both ex-showroom Delhi). The Maestro Edge 125 may not stand out from the current crop of 125cc scooters with its black and red dual-tone colour. However, it does manage to look sharp nonetheless. In terms of features, it gets an external fuel filler, an analogue-digital instrument console, a 4-in-one key fob, an external fuel filler cap and a mobile charging port with boot lamp. Additionally, the scooter also features an LED DRL on the front apron, diamond-cut alloy wheels and Integrated Braking System (IBS) as standard.
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The brand has also extended the i3S start-stop technology to the Maestro Edge 125. Unfortunately, though, this feature is absent on the fuel-injected variant. Powering the scooter is a 124.6cc engine which makes 8.8PS with a carburettor and 9.2PS using fuel injection. The peak torque output for both variants remains the same at 10.2Nm.
TVS NTorqe 125 Race Edition: Rs 63,475
The TVS NTorq 125 continues to be one of the best value for money scooters in the 125cc space. Now, TVS has stepped it up a notch by updating its flagship scooter with more features and some cosmetic updates to keep it in fighting shape. The biggest difference comes in the form of a new LED headlamp, hazard lamps and a new three-tone paint scheme which features sporty chequered graphics. It retains the same 124.79cc engine, body panels, rear tail lamp, seat and turn indicators. The wheels and exhaust muffler remain unchanged as well.
Also Read: TVS NTorq 125: Everything You Need To Know
Hero Pleasure Plus: Starts at Rs 47,300
Hero recently introduced the Pleasure Plus which looks all-new, packs a bigger engine and gets a host of features. To begin with, it’s powered by a 110.9cc air-cooled engine which makes 8.1PS at 7500rpm and 8.7Nm at 5500rpm. It's the same unit seen on the 110cc Maestro Edge and the Duet. Despite the increase in displacement, it's fairly lightweight at 101kg. It gets ample storage space, both under the seat and behind the front apron, a revised instrument console and a USB charging port. There are seven different colours to choose from.