Bajaj scoters exited from Indian streets in 2008 when Bajaj Auto felt that the scooters business won’t go long. Once Bajaj was the leading two wheeler manufacturer in India and survived only on scooters. Then came the era of 100cc motorcycles which were fuel efficient and hassle free and thus Bajaj Auto decided to exit from scooter segment and concentrated only on motorcycles and other vehicles.
With the fall of recession, the demand for two wheelers started to rise along with gearless scooters. As more and more companies are showing interest in the scoter segment, Bajaj did not wanted to stay behind and has decided to reintroduce its scooters.
Bajaj Blade looks inviting and will be loved by lots of ladies. Bajaj Blade takes most of its styling from Bajaj Kristal. If the scooter comes on the road it will be directly competining with Hero Honda Pleasure and Honda Dio. The front of the scooter is similar to Bajaj’s Kristal where as the rear receives LED lights. Bajaj had showcased the Blade at Auto Expo 2008. If this new Bajaj Blade launches it will be highly successful in attracting not just only women but men too. If not much is changed from the one Bajaj had shown at the Auto Expo, the Blade should be available with telescopic front forks, sporty alloy wheels and disc in the front. Bajaj Blade will set a benchmark for other manufacturers in the commuter scooter segment.
Its 125cc engine will make the ride peppy on Indian road and with four valves the ride is expected to leave most of 100 and 125cc motorcycles run for speed.
We can expect the scooter to be launched in March of this year. This would be the only sports styled scooter available in India, until Yamaha doesn’t brings its toys.
If the Blade cues its design to the one that was shown at the Auto Expo than it should be an irresistible ride among the young’s. The front of the scooter has headlamps merged on the front fairing rather than on the handle bar. The under parts of the scooter comes dipped in black color. The design of the scooter is similar to those international performance scooters found in Europe.
Body work on the scooter is with lots of lines and angles, giving it an athletic look.
Engine and Performance
Bajaj Auto is going to mark its come back with 125cc scooter, Blade. Blade will be using Bajaj owned DTS-i engine. This four valve air cooled engine is capable enough to generate maximum power of 11.5 bhp. Since the Bajaj Blade employees DTSi technology and four valves we can expect the engine to be powerful as well as fuel efficient.
With its DTSi engine Bajaj Blade in India should easily give 45 kmpl we are approximating its economy depending on the size of the engine and use of DTSi technology.
Equipped with telescoping forks in the front and hydraulic shock absorbers in the rear, Bajaj Blade in India should make the best riding scooter. In the 125 cc category Bajaj Blade will face competition from Suzuki Access which is with equal engine size but it’s more of a typical commuter scooter with minimal style. Also the Blade has telescoping front shocks with alloy wheels; all together the ride should make a fun experience.
The Bottom Line
Looking at the bike it feels that this Bajaj scooter will be having its own niche market which will majorly attract youth. Bajaj Blade price in India is expected to settle at Rs 45,000 which we feel is highly competitive.
Expected: March 2011
Estimated Price: Rs 45,000 approx