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Bajaj Urbanite Chetak
Aug 21, 2019
OriginBajaj Urbanite Chetak is the latest revamp of the popular Indian-made scooter from Bajaj named Chetak which had two variants with a two and four-stroke engines, it also featured a Swingarm Suspension with drum brakes, it also featured a 4 speed, manual with the shifter in the left-hand grip. The Bajaj Chetak was a direct competitor for Piaggio Vespa. With improved looks come improved performance. This latest scooter is one of the iconic best-sellers in the ’80s and ’90s. After the latest Vespa, the Urbanite Chetak is about to have its time.
Design and LooksThe latest design includes a smooth curvy body with D-Shaped mirrors along with a rounded headlamp that gives the scooter a retro look. The latest Urbanite Chetak is rumored to have a digital unit for displaying the essential information like the fuel capacity, along with the odometer and indicator lamps and headlamps, which is also to be supported by a companion mobile phone application. Overall the design is more focused to capture much of the youth’s attention as a camouflage version often seems to be on the road for testing purposes, this comes in a black and white variant, there may be more variants, which are currently not disclosed by the company. The storage compartment could be on the front apron and would have more space than that of the other vehicles that have an under cabin compartment.
FeaturesYes, The latest Chetak does not run on fuel, it is an electric scooter. Moving into the future of scooters, Bajaj does not aim for the usuals, instead, an electric vehicle would be need of the hour considering the pollution levels in the city. The electric swap doesn’t interfere with the performance, as unofficially the test vehicle spotted in public is noted to be cruising around 70kmph without any issues. Coming to the suspension, it appears to have single-sided front suspension which is similar to the ones seen on the actual Bajaj Chetak, the rear suspension is supposedly mono-shock. The scooter seems to carry a disc brake on the front along with drum brakes for the rear alloy wheels. All the switches are backlit making it better at dim light locations. There seems to be a single shock absorber setup for the scooter.The engine is powered by a lithium-ion battery for which the capacity is still unknown, also the ability to replace these batteries are still unknown. The engine could give speeds up to 70kmph on a test run spotted on road. The all-digital panel is not only the latest trend but also gives opportunities to integrate with the latest technologies like connecting with the smartphone. With which you might be able to view information about the vehicle easily. This is still a rumored feature and is not confirmed by Bajaj yet. The youth of today like technically improved smart gadgets and something like a smart control panel for the scooter can bring a new trend among the youth of today. Since the Chetak had high popularity in earlier days, it will be the sweet spot for Bajaj to come back into the market with a new approach.
NewsThe electric scooter is expected to be placed in a price segment of above 1 Lakh, as per the sources, the release date is also expected to be available by the end of this year. There are also rumors that this vehicle can also be launched in a fuel-based variant. Bajaj’s Urbanite division not only seems to focus on this vehicle but multiple other segments are also targeted including 3 and 4 wheelers such as quad bikes. As an average, an individual is likely to charge the vehicle at home, but some companies are trying to open up an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures across India.
ConclusionBajaj Urbanite Chetak could be the breakthrough for whatever lies in the future and it is to be noted that when buying an electric vehicle there are a lot of incentives, tax and loan benefits provided by the govement. This is not only profitable for the user but is one step towards helping resolve issues related to air pollution levels in the city.