Mahindra hasn’t been able to replicate the success of the SUV/MUV segment into the business of two wheelers. While the sales of half of its product lineup have been lukewarm, the sales of the other half have actually bombed in the market. However, the one product on which the company has been riding smoothly and has trust upon is its first ever premium 110cc commuter motorcycle, Centuro.
The Mahindra Centuro, when launched, instantly gained a huge and positive response for showcasing a lot of useful and premium features, which were usually only seen in cars and not in scooters or motorcycles. Adding to it, the decent engine and ride quality ensured a good recipe for success in its favor.
Ever since its launch, the Centuro has been the best selling product of Mahindra Two Wheelers. Not only this, the motorcycle is also exported to a lot of countries. Witnessing its increasing popularity and positive response, Mahindra launched two more basic variants of the motorcycle, named as Centuro Rockstar.
Recently, Mahindra quietly refurbished its entire lineup for the Indian market, which apart from discontinuation of a couple of models, also resulted in a minor revamp of the Centuro. Here’s a quick look on the refreshed version of the Centuro.
As far as the looks are concerned, the new Centuro is more or less the same old wine in the same old bottle, but with new wrappings. What that means is, while the Centuro retains its original design and body panels, it comes with new set of body decals, which though look overboard.
At the front, the trapezoidal headlamp gets a sharp visor above it and is surrounded by a well chiseled bikini fairing. The main headlamp unit gets the assistance of twin pilot lamps flanking at both of its upper corners.
When the Centuro is viewed from the sides, you can see a sense of distinction in the twin golden ribs sitting below the otherwise monotonous fuel tank. While the ribs does give the Centuro a sort of uniqueness to the bike, the aftereffects in the design due to them is purely subjective – some may hate it, while some may discard it.
The golden ribs end up in a silver finished side body cowl, from where the rear side body panels extend and end up in an LED tail lamp at the rear. The fuel tank, front fairing and rear side body panels come with the new set of graphics aforementioned above. The bike comes with a black finished exhaust pipe and five spoke alloy wheels as standard.
The Mahindra Centuro is the only motorcycle in the Indian market to offer two kinds of instrument console. The first model in the lineup, Centuro XT, comes with a two pod analog instrument console, which shows speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and other basic tell tale lamps. On the other hand, the upper two variants, Centuro NXT and Centuro Disc Brake, come with a three pod part-digital instrument cluster. The unit has a centrally mounted analog tachometer, which sits above a three-part digital panel. The central part shows the speedometer and service indicator, the left panel to it shows the fuel gauge and the right panel to it shows the odometer, trip meter and clock. Build quality and fit and finish levels are decent.
The Centuro comes fully loaded with creative features such as guide lamps which can lamp your path ahead for some time after the bike’s ignition is turned off, 96 bit encrypted remote flip key, find me lamps to identify the bike even in a crowded area and an anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer. Where else can you find such car like features in an entry level motorcycle?
All the variants of Mahindra Centuro come fitted with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, MCi-5, 106.7cc engine, which pumps out 8.5 PS of power and 8.5 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a four-speed gearbox. The engine has the ability to deliver a fuel efficiency of 68-72 kmpl in city conditions.
The MCi-5 engine has been designed from scratch by Mahindra Two Wheelers for the Centuro, which has enough grunt for city duties and occasional highway duties. Though it lacks the seamless refinement of a Honda or Yamaha engine, and sounds a little bit gruff at high speeds. The engine has a patented lubrication system, which is effective enough to keep the engine calm and composed at varying speeds.
The Mahindra Centuro comes with a rather conventional setup of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and 5-step adjustable hydraulic coil springs at the rear. The suspension is tuned fined to tackle to absorb all kind of tantrums thrown by the varying road conditions on the bike.
The bike comes with 130mm drum brakes at both the ends, though the range topping model comes with a petal shaped 240mm disc brake at front, which has enough bite to bring the bike to a halt quickly. The bike comes shod with skinny tyres which lack grip, though the top model comes with tubeless tyres as standard.
The Mahindra Centuro is available in three different variants. First come the Centuro XT, which comes with features such as anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer, find me lamps, remote flip key and guide lamps, and is priced at Rs. 48,100. The second variant, Centuro NXT, adds in the features of Centuro XT and gets the part-digital instrument console, and will cost you Rs. 51,100. The range topping model, Centuro Disc Brake, comes with front disc brake and tubeless tyres along with the features of Centuro NXT, and is priced at Rs. 51,300.
The Mahindra Centuro can be fetched in three different color options – black, red and silver.
Going by the pricing and specifications, the Mahindra Centuro is pitted against Honda Dream Yuga, which is currently one of the most popular models in the 110cc premium commuter segment. On the front of looks and design, both the motorcycles are adequately styled, though the golden ribs, front pilot lamps and LED tail lamp give the Centuro an edge over the Dream Yuga.
The Honda Dream Yuga is powered by a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 109.2cc engine, which pumps 8.2 PS of power and 8.6 Nm of torque. While both the motorcycles produce almost identical power and torque outputs, the Honda betters the Mahindra in terms of refinement, build quality and fuel efficiency. Though in terms of value for money, the Centuro with a huge list of innovative features trumps the Dream Yuga easily.
The Centuro was Mahindra’s first shot in the premium end of commuter segment of motorcycles, in which it has tasted a decent success to be proud of. The motorcycle has given an identity to Mahindra Two Wheelers, which it was struggling to have before the advent of Centuro in the market. When it comes to offering the most bang for your buck, the Centuro scores full marks for having smart features, which not only feel special for the segment to which it belongs, but are also not gimmicky but useful.
The engine offers enough punch for city commuting, though refinement levels could have been better. The handling and ride quality are also adequate, making the Mahindra Centuro a decent commuter. Its’ almost clear – if you want an efficient commuter with premium features and decent city performance, look no further than the Mahindra Centuro.