Bajaj RE60 quadricycle drew much attention when it went on display at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Post unveil, many awaited its launch, especially those who hate three wheeled rickshaws. Spotted multiple times ever since, sometimes with crash test dummies inside, and sometimes without camouflage, there is still no news as to when the RE60 will be officially launched.
The reason for delay are not known. One could be classification of the vehicle. At the time of unveiling in 2012, there was no category of quadricycle. The RE60 could not be classified as a car and nor could it come into the category of an auto rickshaw and hence a whole new category of quadricycle was to be devised under Central Motor Vehicle Rules.
Last year, Ministry of Road Transport and Highway approved quadricycles for intra city usage only. They are not to ply outside city limits. To adhere to quadricycle norms, the RE60 sports a hardtop roof, four doors and windscreen wiper. Interiors sport a four seater configuration of 1+3 while the RE60 is equipped with integrated digital fare meter on its dashboard, a centrally mounted speedometer console and shift gear lever. Bajaj RE60 receives a 200cc DTS-i liquid cooled, fuel injected petrol engine offering 20 bhp power and mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. It offers a top speed of 70 kmph while fuel efficiency stands at 35 kmpl and low auto emissions.
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Anyways, speaking about launch, Bajaj has not said much about it. But one thing is for certain, the project is no way scrapped. In fact, there are other players who are looking at this segment. Mahindra, Tata, TVS, all seem to be interested in taking the iconic 3 wheeled rickshaw off the market.