Zeppelin launch is expected right after the unveiling of its production-ready version at the next Auto Expo.
TVS is the first name that would come to your mind when we talk about taking concept two-wheelers to production in the shortest possible time. Akula to Apache 310, Draken to Apache 200, Graphite to Ntorq (read review) are all fine examples of this strategy.
Now at the 2018 Auto Expo, TVS revealed the next path it was planning to pursue. With the Zeppelin, the intent was clear that the next segment TVS will want to disrupt will be the cruiser segment where they have relatively lesser competition from direct rivals.
A new update has come up at Bikewale, where they say that the production version of Zeppelin is likely to come up at the 2020 Auto Expo which is scheduled in February – a wait of about seven months! The report speculates that Zeppelin will be powered by a 212cc, single cylinder engine, which they say, will be based on the Apache 200’s 197cc motor; which is already a derivative of the Apache 180s’ mill. Needless to even mention that it will be a BS VI compliant motor!
They further state that, in this transformation, Zeppelin concept will lose a lot of its high-end cycle parts to keep costs in check. The concept wore 41 mm upside down front forks, LED lights, Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) etc. This ISG is offered with an e-boost option which starts the motorcycle ‘faster’! It also has a 1200 watt regenerative motor with a 48V Li-Ion battery which, TVS said, aids in performance. Apart from a Bio-key, the motorcycle also had a radiator but it was non-functional in the concept.
Zeppelin was driven by a belt which the company claimed had silent operation. (Read more about Zeppelin here). What all will be ditched in the production version is not known but considering TVS’ penchant, we believe it will still end up being a feature-rich motorcycle.
It would be worthless to speculate the price without getting concrete hints on its features and engine size. If it eventually gets unveiled at the Auto Expo, expect an official launch in the following few months considering TVS’ history with its recent products.