Mahindra Two Wheelers at AETMS 2016
What did Mahindra showcased
With one of the biggest halls at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, Mahindra showcased everything ranging from SUVs to trucks to buses to two wheelers. While Mahindra has a tremendous history in making commercial and utility vehicles in the past, it is relatively very new in making scooters and motorcycles. Since its inception in 2008, the pace of growth of Mahindra Two Wheelers was not as rapid as expected.
However, in the past couple of years, Mahindra has shown signs of aggressiveness, with some very capable products like Centuro, Gusto and Mojo already on the block and raising customer interest towards the brand. To keep the momentum going on, Mahindra showcased the best of its engineering and aesthetic prowess at the Auto Expo 2016, by showcasing a range of concepts as well as production ready models.
Along with its very own products, Mahindra also showcased a couple of Peugeot scooters, the parent company of which was acquired by the Indian giant in only last year. Here’s our detailed story on Mahindra Two Wheeler’s venture in the Auto Expo 2016.
Mahindra Mojo Adventure
The Mojo Adventure was the first of the two off-road concepts of the premium sport tourer Mojo, which were the show stoppers for Mahindra at the Auto Expo 2016. Though there are no changes to the single cylinder, liquid cooled, 295cc engine of the Mojo, the changes are mostly confined to aesthetics and suspension. The Mojo Adventure sports a rugged look with the dual headlamp with large fairing making way for twin minimalist round headlamps, stacked one over the above and surrounded by a plastic fairing, with the motorcycle also getting a high mounted front fender, off-road tyres, handlebar crash guard, round rear view mirrors, spoke wheels and reworked suspension with longer travel. The bike on display was finished in glossy blue paint scheme.
Much like the dual purpose Mojo Adventure concept, the Mojo Scrambler concept too was completely designed on the bare bones version of the Mahindra Mojo. Like the Mojo Adventure, the changes are mainly limited to the chassis and design, with the motorcycle getting a big round headlamp, reworked handlebar, absence of rear as well as side body panels and a new large single piece beige colored seat. The exhaust on the Mojo Scrambler here is mounted on a higher position above the standard Mojo. The motorcycle continues to source its power from the single cylinder, liquid cooled, 295cc engine of the standard Mojo, while the concept retains the tyres, suspension and brakes of the standard motorcycle as well.
New colors for Mahindra Mojo
With the much awaited Mojo, Mahindra made its debut in the booming segment of performance oriented 200-300cc motorcycles. With its touring focused appeal, the Mojo has made a deep impact and carved a niche among the breed of motorcycles engaged in the battle of 0-60 kph runs. Currently, the Mojo is available in three different paint schemes of red and white, black and white, but at the Expo, Mahindra showcased three new paint options for the motorcycle – white and orange, ornage and matt red. Other than the unveiling of these new colors, there are no other mechanical changes to the motorcycle, with the overall chassis and the single cylinder, liquid cooled, 295cc engine remaining same as before.
Mahindra Genze 2.0
One of the coolest electric vehicle concepts by a two wheeler manufacturer, the Genze which has been on sale in US since last two years made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016. The scooter comes with a very lean bodywork as well as some very innovative features such as LED headlamps, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, disc brakes at both ends and a power socket for charging electronic gadgets. The scooter sources its power from removable 1.6 kWh Li-ion SmartPack batteries, which can be recharged through onboard regenerative braking system. The Genze is capable of running at a top speed of 48 kmph, with the maximum range of 48 km.
Apart from displaying these aforementioned models, Mahindra also showcased three of the popular scooters of Peugeot, which it had acquired last year. These three scooters are as follows:-
Peugeot Speedfight 4
The sportiest offering in the current lineup of Peugeot, the motoscooter Speedfight has entered in its fourth generation. Blessed with a single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected 124.8cc engine which is capable of generating 10 PS of peak power, the Speedfight 4 comes with a host of creature comforts such as dual projector headlamps, alloy wheels, disc brakes, combined braking system, fully digital instrument console and front telescopic forks.
The Django is Peugeot’s answer to its arch rival from the land of Italy, Piaggio’s Vespa range. With a retro flair in its overall design, the Django comes with a rather less-tech enriched single cylinder, air cooled, carbureted, 124.6cc engine, which too makes around 10.2 PS of power. The scooter though features two tone paint schemes, disc brakes at both the ends, 40mm telescopic forks, split seats and front windshield above the main headlamp unit.
Peugeot Metropolis RS
The three wheeled Metropolis RS too was put up on the display at the Auto Expo 2016, though the manufacturer has no plans to launch this scooter in India due to its unusual classification. With dual tilting wheels at the front, the Metropolis RS is packed with a single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected 399cc engine, which pumps out 37.25 PS of power. With sophisticated features such as Combined Braking System and Sensotronic Brake Control, the Metropolis RS is clearly one of the most advanced scooters to have ever developed.