Scooters were once considered redundant in India with every other two-wheeler manufacturer concentrating on bikes. However, the market has witnessed an exponential growth in recent years, so much so that the Honda Activa is one of the highest selling two-wheelers now. The scooters market is expected to grow in the coming years.
Here are the five most awaited scooters in 2019.
Hero Maestro Edge 125
The Hero Maestro Edge 125 was showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, along with the Duet 125, which was rechristened Destini 125. The latter hit the markets last year and the Maestro Edge 125 is expected to be commercially available from early this year. The Edge 125, according to what was shown in the Auto Expo, has a similar design like its 110cc sibling. But the newer version has a front disc brake, black alloys and chrome elements, and blacked-out grab rail. It will be hauled by a single-cylinder 124.6cc engine.
Aprilia Storm 125
The 2019 Aprilia Storm 125 will be more of an off-road version of the existing bike. It was unveiled at the Auto Expo. The vehicle is based on the standard Aprilia SR 125, but is fitted with knobby 12-inch tyres (130/80 at the rear and 120/80 in the fornt) and a funky colour scheme. The bike is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 124.49cc engine which outputs 9.6PS power at 9.8Nm peak torque. It’s the same engine that hauls the SR 125. The Aprilia Storm 125 is likely to be available soon.
Yamaha NMax 155
The Iwata-headquartered Japanese motorcycle major will step up its scooter portfolio with the NMax 155. The maxi-styled vehicle has an imposing design and will be powered by the liquid-cooled, variable valve actuation (VVA) 155cc motor borrowed from the YZF-R15 V3. The NMax 155 engine will output 15PS power and 15Nm torque. The international version of the bike has LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster, ABS, and both-end disc brakes. But to make the vehicle more affordable in India, Yamaha may drop some of these features to offer the bike at a reasonable price.
UM Chill 150
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The Okhla, New Delhi headquartered UM Motorcycles India, is all set to enter the scooter segment with the UM Chill 150. Much like its bikes, the Chill 150 will have a retro-styled look. However, the vehicle looks strikingly similar to the Vespa Primavera, courtesy the curvy bodywork, the chrome shrouded hexagonal headlamp and thick chrome strips on the body. The vehicle is fitted with single channel ABS and disc brakes on both wheels. The engine is expected to produce 11PS power and the bike is likely to be available from mid-2019.
The Aprilia family scooter
Aprilia already has the SR 150 and SR 125 that are considered among the sportiest scooters on Indian roads. Both these scooters, however, are niche vehicles. The Piaggio-owned brand is reportedly working on a more family scooter and reports suggest that it will have practical features like increased floorboard space, under-seat storage, and a softer suspension system. The same SR 125 engine is likely to power the bike, which would be less aggressive in styling than the higher SR 150. Piaggio may just have a worthy rival to the Honda Active 125 and Suzuki Access 125.