The Scooter segment has been a gold mine for Honda. With a major market share, Activa enjoys sole supremacy in the automatic scooter segment. After the exit of Bajaj, the south based manufacturer TVS has been trying to make an impression in this wide open segment.
TVS’ both Scooty Pep and Wego have been quite successful and the recently launched Wego with handy features has been received well by the customers. However, despite being a good package, it has failed to stack up against the mighty Honda Activa.
Looks like TVS has now taken steps to mend this by bringing in an automatic scooter which will be placed above the TVS Wego in terms of size, feature and price. The flagship model will face the segment heavyweights like Honda Activa and Suzuki Access in sales and help TVS build up market share in the ever growing scooter segment.
The new scooter from TVS has been caught testing regularly near TVS’ manufacturing plant in Hosur. BikeAdvice has already featured a set of revealing spy pics of the test mule snapped by one of our readers (Check them here). And now Motor Vikatan has come up with some clearer and revealing spyshots of the scooter, caught testing in the southern district of Namakal.
These latest spyshots reveal a classic and plain front styling. A convex- concave sculpted V-shape which flows down from the headlight to the mudguard adds a chiseled look to the front. The bulbous front mudguard also compliments the front. The headlamps look majestic and well carved.
The front turn indicators feature a ‘beast eye’ look and adds to the masculine look of the scooter. The three quarter profile of the scooter shows a stark resemblance with Activa. The rear of the scooter is bigger in size and features the handy fuel tank lid just below the grab rails.
The instrument cluster is basic, neat and plain. The fit and finish of the vehicle looks at par with the segment standards. We see a new redesigned key hole similar to the one seen on Hondas. The Scooter will feature larger 12 inch alloy wheels a step up from the competition’s standard of 10 inches.
Against the speculations of a possible 125cc engine, chances are ripe that this scooter may continue with the same 110cc engine from Wego, possibly in a better tune.
According to Team-BHP, this new scooter has been labelled as ‘JUPITER’. In Greek mythology, Jupiter is the thunder God and TVS would want to launch Jupiter with a bang for others to notice. It is expected to be priced around the 50k-55k mark if this is a 110cc engine. Anything over this and we begin to feel the lack of Front and Rear Disc brakes and 125 CC engine.
Launch is expected sometime this month, possibly in a few days from now. With the big four – Honda, Yamaha, TVS, Suzuki in aggressive mode, the scooter segment is up for a makeover.
Also Read: Honda to Launch Activa 125 Soon
-by Saravana Priyan
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