Earlier this week, we had carried a report about Mahindra two-wheelers’ plans for the Indian and Global markets and that they intended to launch a new variant of the Centuro, an all-new scooter and the eagerly awaited for Mahindra Mojo. While we were bringing this report to our readers, Mahindra has been busy testing the new scooter, and also the new variant of the Centuro, both the vehicles were snapped while undergoing camouflaged testing around Lonavla, in Maharashtra.
The new scooter in question is a unisex scooter code-named ‘G101’ and has been developed entirely from scratch, by the engineers at Mahindra two-wheelers and once launched will compete head-on with the Honda Activa 110. Very little can be known about the design aspect of the scooter because it was fully camouflaged while it was spotted testing, what we do know though, is that the front of the scooter will be characterized by the vertical turn indicators which sit in an enclosure almost as long as the whole height of the front apron, and speaking of the front apron, it has quite a few air vents, which remind us of the erstwhile Kinetic Blaze.
We suspect, the scooter will be powered by the same basic engine as on the Centuro, which is a 106.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, but it would need many changes in the engine architecture before it can go into the scooter, the major change being that it has to be mated to a CVT Gearbox.
Convenience features on the scooter will include a glove-box up front in the footwell, and also a flat footboard. The instrument cluster consists of an analogue odometer, speedometer and fuel gauge, it also has a small digital MID in the side.
Along with the scooter, also spotted on test was the new variant of the Mahindra Centuro. The Centuro has been Mahindra’s best-seller and has had a reasonable amount of success, which isn’t all that surprising, because the Centuro was launched with loads of features, many of which were segment firsts. Few of the prominent features are a digital-analogue instrument cluster, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm distance to empty gauge etc.
Even though it had so many segment-first features, the Centuro lacked one critical feature which every new motorcycle buyer looks for in a motorcycle. The Centuro was not available with a disc brake at the front, not even as an option, and this affected sales to a certain extent, but Mahindra will be taking care of that problem now, by launching a new variant equipped with disc brakes. This variant will be called the O1-D and will be accompanying the other two variants already on-sale, i.e O1 and N1. Other than the Disc brake up-front, there will be no other changes on the Centuro.
The G101 scooter is expected to return around 60 KMPL, and the Centuro has already been certified by ARAI for a high fuel-efficiency of 85.4 KMPL. The exact date of launch for these two Mahindra two-wheelers has not been announced yet, but Mahindra has confirmed that the scooter will be launched by August.
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Source – Overdrive.in