Needless to say, the 2020 Auto Expo did not have much to offer to two-wheeler enthusiasts with all big manufacturers giving the biennial event a miss! In fact apart from Suzuki Motorcycle India and the Piaggio group, there were just a handful of electric two-wheeler companies present at the expo. Nonetheless, we scrounged hard and here are the best two-wheelers on display at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Suzuki unveiled the all-new Katana at Auto Expo 2020. The Suzuki Katana revives a name which has been taken from Suzuki's past, from the 1980s and 1990s, of a popular sport touring motorcycle with the same name. The 2020 Suzuki Katana is based on the Suzuki GSX-S1000F and is powered by the same 999 cc, in-line four-cylinder engine which pumps out 147 bhp of maximum power at 10,000 rpm, and 105 Nm of peak torque at 9,500 rpm. It has already been showcased in international motorcycle shows like the 2018 Intermot show in Germany, as well as the EICMA 2018 show in Milan, Italy.
The electronics package includes a three-level traction control which can be switched off. Braking is handled by Brembo, with radial calipers and ABS. With the sharp and sculpted bodywork which forms the main design theme of the Katana, it also adds to the weight of the bike. The new Suzuki Katana tips the scales with 215 kg kerb weight.
For now, the Katana has been showcased to gauge audience reaction at Auto Expo 2020. If there is considerable consumer interest, Suzuki India may consider launching the Katana later this year in India, but not as a fully imported completely built unit (CBU), but assembled in India from completely knocked down (CKD) kits to keep prices competitive.
Aprilia SXR 160
One of the two-wheeler highlights is the Aprilia SXR 160, which was revealed at the Piaggio pavilion. The Aprilia SXR 160 is a new moto-scooter with an interesting 'CrossMax' and it will be launched in India in the third quarter of 2020. The Aprilia team spent two years in designing and developing the SXR moto-scooter in Italy and it has been made specially for the Indian market. Aprilia hopes to launch a new category of scooters in the coming years. The bookings for the Aprilia SXR 160 will begin in August 2020.
The Aprilia SXR 160 will be offered in four colours which are red, blue, white and black. The 'CrossMax' design. All LED lighting is standard and so is a fully digital instrument cluster which shows a bunch of information. ABS and disc brakes all around is standard fitment as well. Other styling bits include 12-inch 5-spoke machined alloys with wide pattern tyres.
It gets the same 160 cc 3-valve engine from the Aprilia SR 160 which makes 10.8 bhp and is paired to CVT gearbox. Aprilia will launch the SXR in a 125 cc variant as well, which will get the SR 125's engine as is. It makes 9.4 bhp and 9.9 Nm of peak torque and gets the same CVT setup as well. Buyers can also choose from a wide range of specially designed accessories like connectivity, mobile docking system and merchandise like Aprilia helmets and apparel.
Hero Electric, India's largest electric two-wheeler brand by volume showcased its new range of products at the Auto Expo 2020, including a new electric motorcycle, the first for Hero Electric. The AE-47, as the electric motorcycle is called, has been showcased as a premium product from the home-grown electric vehicle manufacturer, although it is not entirely manufactured in India, with Hero Electric choosing to source components and even the design from overseas partners, as the company says. For now, the AE-47 has just been showcased, and is likely to be launched soon in India, and priced at between ₹ 1.25 - 1.5 lakh.
The Hero Electric AE-47 is powered by a 4,000 W electric motor, with a claimed top speed of over 85 kmph. The AE-47 has a lightweight portable lithium ion 48V/3.5 kWh battery, and can be charged fully in four hours. The AE-47 has two modes - in Power mode, range is claimed to be 85 km on a single charge, while in Eco mode, the estimated range is 160 km on a single charge. The AE-47 has claimed acceleration figures of 0-60 kmph in 9 seconds.
EeVe India, an Odisha-based electric two-wheeler start-up, has showcased two new premium electric two-wheelers at the Auto Expo 2020. The two electric two-wheelers, called the Forseti, a retro-styled electric scooter, and the Tesero, an electric motorcycle, have been positioned as premium models in the company's portfolio. The two electric two-wheelers come equipped with hub-mounted motors from Bosch and feature swappable batteries, with two packs each. Both electric two-wheelers have a charging time of 3-4 hours with a fast charger. While the Forseti electric scooter has a claimed range of 100 km, the Tesero electric motorcycle is said to have a claimed range of 120 km on a single charge.
The Forseti electric scooter has a claimed top speed of between 60-70 kmph, while the Tesero electric motorcycle has a top speed of 90-100 kmph. The two electric two-wheelers will be priced under ₹ 1 lakh, and full specifications will be revealed at the time of launch. Both two-wheelers come with a 5-year warranty on the products, including a 3-year unlimited warranty on the battery.