Mahindra has been a player in the motorcycle manufacturing industry for quite some time now. After buying out Kinetic Motors, Mahindra re-launched the scooters earlier produced by Kinetic albeit with different names and more colors, and then launched two new scooters and two all new motorcycles named the Centuro and Pantero and this is the basic lineup of models in Mahindra 2-Wheelers’ portfolio.
The scooters produced by Mahindra are not selling that well, but they are not doing that bad either. The Mahindra Centuro is selling in decent numbers, but the Pantero is a very rare sight on our roads. Performance from Mahindra 2-wheelers then is, a bit poor indeed. We expected their first performance oriented motorcycle, the Mahindra Mojo to draw some much-needed attention to the company’s dealerships, but it doesn’t look like the Mojo will be launched anytime soon.
The question that pops to mind is – what is Mahindra doing? Well, what they are doing is, they are trying to concentrate on the high volume entry level commuter motorcycle segment which is proven by the spy shots of the Mahindra Arro testing on Indian roads.
The Mahindra Arro is an entry level motorcycle sold by Mahindra 2-wheelers to countries with poor economic conditions, like Uganda. The Arro is sold in those countries to the masses as an entry level commuter, which is a robust and cheap means of transportation.
Recently, the Mahindra Arro was spotted testing on Indian roads, which shows that Mahindra is looking forward to launching the Arro in the Indian market to take the competition to motorcycles like the Hero splendor, the Bajaj Platina ES, the TVS Star City and the likes. The Mahindra Arro is powered by the same engine which also powers the other two Mahindra motorcycles, the Centuro and Pantero.
The 106.7cc engine generates enough power to keep it in the competition in the environment it is expected to be used in. It produces a maximum power output of 8.5 PS at 7500 RPM and a maximum torque output of 8.5 NM at 5500 RPM. This power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a 4-speed gearbox.
The Mahindra Arro is so basic and bare bones that, it does not get any features like electric-start, digital gauges, Remote locking, front disk brake etc. The consumer has to make do with an ancient kick-start system, analogue gauges, front and rear drum brakes and spoked wheels. The test mule which has been spotted had an alloy wheel at the front which looked exactly like the wheels on the Centuro, but at the rear, it had a spoked wheel which is weird. But the production variant of the Arro will come with spoked wheels at the front too.
The Mahindra Arro is presently sold in Uganda at UGX 29,90,000( INR 69,879/-). But when launched in India, the Arro will retail at a price below INR 40,000, thanks to the local production. The Arro is presently produced in India but is exported to countries like Uganda.
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