Bajaj RE60 quadricycle spied testing for export markets
With Ministry of Roads & Transport confirming that quadricycles could start plying on Indian roads by October 2014, Bajaj Auto is losing no time and eagerly testing the Bajaj R60. A left hand drive variant of the R60, meant for exports is also being tested which could make its way to Asian markets such as Sri Lanka besides Latin America and Africa.
Bajaj RE60 will be produced from the company’s plant in Aurangabad and will be both for domestic and export. It will be powered by a 216cc liquid cooled, 4 valve, fuel injected engine with triple spark, capable of a top speed of 70 kmph while auto emissions will stand at 60 g/CO2. Weighing a total of 450 kgs, RE60 will be capable of fuel efficiency of 35 kmpl. The engine will be offered in LPG, CNG and petrol variants and will be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
With prices speculated to begin at INR 1.50 lakhs, the Bajaj RE60 is being targeted as both passenger vehicle and for use in the commercial vehicle segment. Car lobbyists wish it to remain in the CV segment so as to prevent it from grabbing a major chunk of sales, especially where budget cars are concerned.
In the three wheeler segment, the quadricycle will be seen as a more lucrative and structurally safer mode of transport due to the fact that it will be better than the auto rickshaw with the existence of four wheels, four doors, higher roof line and seat belts.