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Bajaj Qute \'Quadricycle\' launched for export markets

  • Sep 25, 2015
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[caption id="attachment_85254" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Bajaj Qute or RE60 launched, but only for export markets Bajaj Qute or RE60 launched, but only for export markets[/caption]

Bajaj Autos has finally launched the RE60, or the Qute as it's been dubbed now. Before you get all excited though, the Qute is not yet ready for the Indian market, thanks to some litigation hurdles which Bajaj is still facing over the 'quadricycle' in India.  This means this new low-cost four-wheeler will only go on sale in foreign countries  (16 nations) with a sticker-price starting from $2,000 (approx. Rs 1.32 lakh).

The Bajaj RE60 is pitched as a safer alternative to three-wheeler auto rickshaws in the market and will be only be available for commercial purposes. First showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the RE60’s launch in the country has been delayed for numerous reasons, including its classification as a vehicle under the Central Government regulations and separate PILs (Public Interest Litigations) filed against the vehicle in high courts in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka. In 2013, the government recognized the RE60 under a whole new ‘quadricycle’ category but, allowed permission to sell it only as a commercial vehicle that can be used for transporting people as well as goods for intra-city and non-highway commutes (given its top speed of <90km/h).

[caption id="attachment_75149" align="aligncenter" width="630"]Bajaj RE60 Bajaj RE60[/caption]

After getting a go-ahead from the government, the Bajaj RE60 was about to see the light of the day in November 2014, but then its launch was further hurdled by the aforementioned PILs. The Bajaj RE60 or the Qute's future still looks bleak for now as its launch in India remains uncertain at the moment.

The RE60 features a monocoque metal-polymer hybrid structure, which as per Bajaj, gives it a compact shape that allows for easier maneuverability (turning radius of just 3.5 metres), and also makes it lightweight (400kg). The quadricycle  is a 4-seater runabout, featuring a seating configuration of ‘1+3’. Considering its target audience, the RE60 has a no-frills cabin and comes equipped with only basic kit such an integrated digital fare meter in the dashboard along with a centrally mounted speedometer console with a gear-shift lever that sits right below it.

[caption id="attachment_13316" align="aligncenter" width="600"]The Bajaj RE60 interiors Bajaj RE60 interiors[/caption]

Powering the RE60 is a water cooled 216cc, DTSi, 4 valve engine, combined with a closed loop fuel injection system. Power transmission duties will be carried out by a five speed manual gearbox. Bajaj claims the RE60 will reach up to a top-speed of 70 km/h.The 'highest' fuel economy figure stands at 36km/l.

The Bajaj RE60 also boasts a carbon footprint of just 66gm/km (which Bajaj claims is one-fourth of most of the German sedans). Bajaj will also be offering the RE60 in CNG and LPG compatible versions, if it comes to India, ever!

Bajaj will start dispatching the Qute to Turkey, Thailand and Indonesia first. Post this, the quadricycle will also be shipped to other countries including Sri Lanka, Kenya, Peru, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt etc.

 
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