The next couple of months will be the biggest season for two-wheeler manufacturers in India thanks to the number of festivals across the country. And just like every other year, the month of October will witness a handful of new launches and updates to existing models.
So, here we tell you about all the motorcycles and scooters that are expected to be launched in India this month.
Hero Vida electric scooter
Okay, so the first launch for October will come from Hero Motocorp. It is scheduled to launch its first ever electric scooter under the Vida brand name in the country on 7 October. Vida means life in Spanish and the electric scooter comes with quirky styling. The only image we have of the Vida reveals its somewhat boxy-looking bodywork.
Now, details and specifications of the scooter are unavailable, the Vida is likely to be limited to city usage. It is expected to come with removable batteries that would offer added convenience to users. That said, Hero has also partnered with Bharat Petroleum to set up fast charging and battery swapping stations across the country.
The scooter is expected to be priced around Rs 1 lakh and positioned as a mass-market product to compete against the Ola S1, Ather 450, Bajaj Chetak as well as the TVS iQube. With Hero Motocorp’s strong dealer network, we can expect it to reach a lot of showrooms, however, in limited cities.
Updated Hero motorcycles and scooters
Apart from the Vida, Hero Motocorp is also expected to launch some other motorcycles through the course of this month. Now these are likely to be special editions and new colour options, like the recently launched Xtreme 160R Stealth 2.0.
Moto Morini X-Cape 650 and Seiemmezzo 650
Now, Moto Morini has been introduced in India by Adishwar Auto Ride, the same brand that retails Benelli and Keeway. The brand will be offering four models in the country soon. There is the XCape 650 and the more off-road focused XCape 650X which gets spoke wheels and crash guards. Also on offer will be the Seiemmezzo Retro Street and a Scrambler version that comes with different styling and spoke wheels.
We have had the chance to ride three of these motorcycles for a brief time and came back with a fairly decent impression of them. I’ll be leaving a link to that video in the description below. Well, the expected pricing for the Moto Morini X-Cape 650 is around Rs 6.5 lakh while the Seiemmezzo range is likely to begin at Rs 6 lakh, ex-showroom.
Alongside Moto Morini, a second brand that will be introduced this month is Zontes. Now, Zontes is a completely Chinese brand that was founded in 2003 and has its presence in European markets. In India, the brand is focused on offering its 350cc range which will include the 350R and 350T.
The 350R is a streetfighter sporting radical styling that has been inspired by multiple motorcycles. A sharp, full-LED headlamp, beefy fuel tank and a short tail section complete its aggressively busy styling. It also gets unique-looking twin exhaust pipes and blade-like wheel design. On the other hand, the 350T is an adventure motorcycle based on the same platform.
This one too gets a rather funky front end that is distinctive to say the least. While it gets crash gruards, knuckle guards and a tall windscreen, the 350T’s stand out feature are its wheels. It rides on knobby tyres wrapped around 19/17-inch spoke wheels like most ADVs. However, the 350T gets the cross spoked variety at the rear which is a first in the segment.
The pricing for the Zontes motorcycles are yet to be revealed, however by comparing the price of the Keeway 302C that costs Rs 3.89 lakh, we can expect them to be priced between Rs 4.2-4.3 lakh. While the 350R will compete against the BMW G310R and the KTM 390 Duke, the 350T rivals the 250 and 390 Adventure and well as the BMW G310 GS and Royal Enfield Himalayan.
We have ridden both models for a short while and brought you a quick impression of how they are in terms of quality and feel. You can find the full video on the BikeWale YouTube channel.
Now for the bit we kept you waiting for. We expect Royal Enfield to introduce two motorcycles soon. One is likely to be the all-new Bullet 350 that could make its debut later this month. Based on the J-platform as the Classic, Meteor and Hunter, the new Bullet will get similar changes as the other models.
So a refined engine sitting on a new frame, slight changes to the styling and a couple of new features like the inclusion of a digital unit can be expected. All of it could result in an increase in pricing from the current Rs 1.77 lakh price tag.
The second motorcycle is the highly awaited Super Meteor 650 that will make its debut next month. Well, we shall leave you at that, because more exclusive details about that motorcycle will be coming soon, so stay tuned!