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Piaggio Launches New Ape' HT Range Of Petrol And CNG 3-Wheelers

Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited (PVPL) today expanded its Ape' range of three-wheelers with the launch of the new HT series.
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By Seshan Vijayraghvan

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Published on July 23, 2021

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  • Piaggio has launched 3 new models under the Ape' HT range
  • The new Piaggio Ape' HT range comes with a new 300 cc engine
  • In addition to CNG, the company has also launched a petrol cargo 3W

Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited (PVPL) today expanded its Ape' range of three-wheelers with the launch of the new HT series. The new range includes three new products - the CNG powered Ape' Xtra HT and the Ape' Auto HT, which cater to the cargo and passenger segment respectively, along with the petrol-powered Ape' Xtra HT that will cater to the cargo segment only. The Ape' Xtra HT petrol is priced at Rs. 2.25 lakh, while prices for the Ape' Xtra HT CNG and Ape' Auto HT start at Rs. 2.46 lakh and Rs. 2.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) respectively.

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The highlight of the HT range is the addition of a new 300 cc water-cooled engine petrol engine. Offered in all three models the motor is tuned to make 11.39 bhp and 22.5 Nm of torque in the CNG models, while the petrol-only Ape' Xtra HT offers almost 12 bhp and 24 Nm of peak torque. The fuel-injected engine was indigenously developed by Piaggio, and it comes with an integrated water-cooling system and is claimed to offer the lowest NVH levels. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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The CNG powered Ape' Xtra HT and the Ape' Auto HT make make 11.39 bhp and 22.5 Nm of torque

Right now, Piaggio is the only player to offer a petrol variant in the 3-wheeler cargo segment, which the company says was fuelled by demand in regions Jammu & Kashmir, and some of the states in the North-Eastern region where the CNG network is not that widespread. Piaggio plans to introduce a passenger variant, Ape' Auto HT Petrol in the coming months. The cargo range is available in 3 variants with 5.0 feet, 5.5 feet and 6.0 feet deck length options for varied load requirements and usages.

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Piaggio plans to introduce a passenger variant, Ape' Auto HT Petrol in the coming months

Talking about the new engine, Saju Nair, EVP and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business, Piaggio India Pvt Ltd. said, "This is the first time that any player has launched a bigger capacity engine in the Alternate fuel segment space in the 3-wheeler industry. We understood from our customers that there is a need for a higher power & performance engine in the alternate fuel space which will help take higher loads doing more no. of trips per day. The higher torque & gradability enables customers to take on flyovers which was always a concern with earlier alternate fuel engines."

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Last Updated on July 23, 2021


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