The Bajaj Qute (RE60) has been entangled in a fierce legal battle which is preventing its launch in India but the automaker has floated its derisking strategy by exporting the vehicle. So the Qute’s launch market is Turkey and not India.
Positioned as a strictly commercial vehicles, the Qute can be driven with a Class B European driving license and it falls under four-wheeled motorcycle category. The compact four-wheeler complies with the European WVTR (Whole Vehicle Type Approval) and has a top-speed limit of 70 kmph.
The four-seater is underpinned by a unibody chassis and derives its power from a puny 217 cc single-cylinder water-cooled engine with DTS-i technology and fuel-injection system. Mated to a 5-speed sequential gearbox, the motor produces 13.5 PS and 19.6 Nm of torque. The vehicle is claimed to return an impressive mileage of 36 kmpl and has a CO2 emission of 66 g/km.
Tipping the scales at mere 399 kg, the Bajaj Qute is essentially a dynamically stabler alternative to the three-wheeled auto rickshaw. Despite receiving approval from the Indian’s government, the vehicle’s launch is being impeded by several PILs (Public Interest Litigation) which argues that a quadricycle isn’t safe enough.
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Following Turkey, Bajaj is planning to launch the Qute in various markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.
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