Mahindra Pantero is a big giant in the four-wheeler segment. It has a vast product line ranging from a small car to the biggest HCVs. However, the size doesn’t matter. The thing which matters in the market is their ‘product’ only. Mahindra was struggling a lot to establish itself in the two-wheeler segment. A lot of criticism deprived it of this wish. With the New Year ushering in new hopes, Mahindra has finally launched its 110 cc bike Pantero.
As it is 110 cc, it is positioned for daily commuters who commute 20 – 30 km/everyday on an average. Mahindra Pantero is targeting customers of Tier II and Tier III cities. Consumers in those cities are very well-versed with Mahindra’s products and services. Indian carmaker has a deep a penetration of service centers and dealerships in such markets. So they are very much confident about this product. An official from the house of Mahindra said, “it is positioned for those who are looking for the differentiated product in the segment. This is not exactly targeting the masses but indirectly it will be doing it so. The company is following a bottom-top strategy for bike industry. The launch of Pantero will help us in getting the reaction of our customers, and the further amendments in the product will be as per to it. He also added that customer’s feedback is very much important for us.”
Getting back to the point, Mahindra was about to launch Mahindra Stallio in the same avatar, but due to some technical criticisms from critics, it stopped its production. It worked over it for day and night and finally came with Pantero. In other words we can say that, in looks, Pantero is more or less similar to Stallio but is more refined and advanced on all the fronts.
As we heard from the sources, Stallio was made using sourced engine and other components too but critic’s anger refrained Mahindra from placing it on the production line. So after spending 18 months in R&D now the bike maker surfaces with an in-house made 106.7 cc engine named MCI-5(Micro Chip Ignited-5 Curve) to power its new bike. It is a single cylinder four stroke air cooled petrol head married to a 4 speed gearbox. It produces an astonishing of 8.5 BHP @ 7500 RPM and (as expected) a torque of something 8.5 Nm. In the road test, engine responded peacefully in city and highway as well. Its 8.5 BHP at a moderate RPM helps to climb upward hill roads with ease. We also tested by putting heavy loads on our bike and the result was positive only. Well that was all about technical front. It offers a lot on features front as well.
The first unique feature which we noticed about this new bike was the white LED pilot lamps and the multi bulb LED tail lamps. This is the first of its kind feature in this segment. This feature provides an additional safety to the rider in foggy and twilight winter climatic conditions. As per our experience, LED lamps are so bright, that even during day time we were able to figure it out from a far distance. The other unique feature which caught our attention is digital dashboard. Dashboard is loud and clear. It displays speed, RPM, fuel indication, clock and a trip meter. We find dashboard very much appealing. On throttling, you will find RPM ticker conquering a major half of the dashboard encircling the speed display. Mahindra Pantero is also provided with self-start (which is a must) and a choke on the left side of handle bar. Choke on the handle bar portrays the practicality of the design.
Saddle is fitted a perfection that even a heighted person will be able to sit and drive it comfortably. Seat is the longest in its segment (measured 774 mm). We can say that even three will be able to sit comfortably, but don’t do it on your bike (as it is not as per the RTO rules). Two persons with a big volume luggage can find themselves comfortable on its seat as well.
Other tits and bits are also done very innovatively. Signal lights are made of flexible plastic which will reduce their maintenance cost in city rides. The clutch luke and the front brake lever is made of out of very good quality metal. Its design and finishing feels so comfortable on the palms that you’ll not face any glitches on holding it for longer than usual. Plastic used on the back side of mirror is of very high quality. One will find it smooth and soft on a touch. Protection covering of plastic is given on the upper side of fuel tank to prevent it from getting dents which is caused by the directly falling objects on it. While the fuel tank lock is also given an attention and is made up to the mark.
Overall looks is very much up dated. Pantero sports new unique styling streaks with flaming decals. All new body graphics and good quality paint job completes it all. We also found that there is silver shimmering silver particle finish on the paint job which glows in the light. It is also seen that a couple of lines on the front mud guard provides it a sporty look. Engine is seen to be completely dipped in black color. The model which we were riding was a top variant. Top variant sports black colored alloy wheels with digital analog and self start. The whole bike was looking in all its glory with its black theme.
Talking about the ride, we tried every possible terrain with this bike. While riding it in the city we didn’t face much of the issues. It provides greater maneuverability in the traffic. A good ground clearance with a sharp maneuverability helps to get saved from the bumps of potholes without much hassle. We too rode it on an uphill road and found that it delivers perfectly to our expectation but while coming downhill we faced an urgent need of disc brakes. Though bike maker claimed that its drum brake is more powerful but we didn’t find it efficient enough. We were thinking over it that disc brakes had became the standard feature on other bikes why this one is lacking? Then we realize that it must be because of cost factors. Tyres which Mahindra had used are no doubt of good quality but it fails to hold the grip on turns. It should be replace by angular grip tyres for better confidence on turns and uphill as well. As we earlier mentioned that it is mainly for Tier II and Tier III cities, we too took the two-wheeler on the some off roading experience as well. The ride wasn’t so bumpy instead it was enjoyable.
We know that everyone must be waiting for the mileage to be revealed. It yields 79.5 kmpl (as per ARAI).
It comes in four colors Fiery Red, Sterling Silver, Blazing Black and Cool Black. Mahindra has also bifurcated it in to various variants as per the pockets of different customers. It will come in variants such as Self Start/ Cast Alloy Wheels/ Digital Console, Self Start/ Cast Alloy Wheels/ Analog Console, Kick Start/ Cast Alloy Wheels/ Analog Console and Kick Start/ Spoke/ Analog Console.
Our Verdict for this bike is 8/10. It is a cool bike and a first of its kind to come with so advanced features. It will attract everyone from the rural to urban customers of that segment. In spite of the driving comfort it is also made with rigidity which will last for long years. It can be said that it provides mileage without compromising on features. We just have to wait and watch what Bajaj will offer with its premium 100 cc bike. We are very sure that pricing will play an important role for both of them.
Engine Single Cylinder, 4-stroke, Air cooled, Mci-5 engine
Displacement 106.7 cc
Bore X Stroke 52.4 X 49.5 mm
Maximum Power 8.5 PS @ 7500 rpm
Maximum Torque 8.5 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Starting System Electric Start / Kick Start
Transmission: Gear Box Constant mesh 4 Speed
Frame Double cradle steel Tubular structure
Suspension: FRONT Telescopic , Coil spring
REAR Coiled 5-step adjustable
Drum – 130 mm
Drum – 130 mm
Tyre Size: FRONT
2.75” x 18”
3.0” x 18”
Battery: Electric Start
12V / 5 Ah
12V / 2.5 Ah
Headlamp 12 V – 35W/35W – Halogen
Tail lamp LED Type
Speedometer Digital / Analog
Dry Weight 110.5 kg
Kerb Weight (90% fuel filled) 120Kg
Overall Length 2000 mm
Overall Width 735 mm
Overall Height 1050 mm
Seat Height 805 mm
Wheel Base 1265 mm
Minimum Ground Clearance 165 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.7 liters
Other Features White Twin Pilot Lamps -LED Type