The Indian Motorbike manufacturer, Bajaj Auto is gearing up to get featured in the four-wheeler market in its home country, with the grand launch of its small car – Qute, by the end of 2017. The Qute is a four-wheeler, which has been already launched in 20 countries, but now has been embroiled in various Public Interest Litigations relating to road safety in its own home country. This had restricted the company to launch the Qute car in India. However, the Bajaj Qute is now believed to be launched in India by this year end as the vehicle has already made to few dealer showrooms as display units.
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The expected price range for the Bajaj Qute would be around INR 1.2 lakh. The Bajaj Qute runs on a 216.6 cc engine capable of producing 13.2 PS power and a top speed of 70 km/h. The engine is also expected to have CNG and LPG compliant variants. It drives a six-speed sequential shift transmission, exactly similar to those found in motorcycles. The car is capable of carrying four passengers and the Qute claims to have a mileage of 36 km per litre and emits 66 grams of carbon dioxide per km. The company claims that these figures can be summarized as usual three-wheeler, making its quadricycle more economical and environment-friendly. As far as safety is concerned, it comes with seat belts for drivers and passengers. The car resembles an animated toy character that is seen in pictures whereas the test mule spotted was looking perfect according to its class of work.
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A quick look at the Bajaj Qute:
- It is a Quadricycle concept borrowed from other international markets.
- It serves the purpose of being an Eco-friendly four wheeler.
- Mileage of the car is supposedly 36 kmpl.
- Small wheels with nearly square arches are seen when viewed from the sides and the front has a small bonnet with the Qute badging on it.
- The braking is controlled by drum brakes on all the wheels whereas the suspension has not yet been disclosed by the manufacturers.
In spite of challenges in its own country, Bajaj Qute is being exported to countries in Europe, Africa, South America, as well as quite a few countries in Asia. According to some reliable reports, the company's production happens in Aurangabad and produces commercial line-up, manufactures around 25,000 units of the quadricycle per year. The company comes with affordable price range with very crisp handling and attractive features. It is a reliable, quite economical and a very apt alternative to auto-rickshaws.
The Qute will be officially launched in India after getting permission granted by the Supreme Court. But the braking power may not be excellent as cost cutting will affect its overall ride quality. The noise cancellation along with other comfort terms would only be unveiled after its launch in India. Most importantly, safety is the only reason for its delay of launch from the described time. For information purpose, this should be noted that the car is not meant for regular use because it lacks road safety measures.