For a motorcycle which had a long and convoluted development history, the Mahindra Mojo failed to meet the company’s sales expectations after the initial euphoria. Mahindra Two Wheelers then deleted some expensive bits to come up with the low-cost Mojo UT variant but things never took off.
It looked like MTWL’s R&D may move on from the project and turn its attention completely towards developing products for The Classic Legends (the new Jawa motorcycles borrow a lot of components including the basic engine architecture from the Mojo), but a recent spy shot suggests that the ailing Mojo will receive one last shot in the arm.
The spy shots reveals ABS ring in the front along with ABS warning light. The Mojo ABS has been in the works for over a year now and is likely to be launched in the coming days. We have learnt that the flagship Mahindra motorcycle will employ a dual-channel ABS which is the segment norm.
We have also learnt that the ABS version of Mojo might not have strictly belong to XT (original version with USD fork, dual silencers, Pirelli tyres and fuel injection) or UT (low-cost variant with regular telescopic front fork, single silencer, MRF tyres and carburetor) configuration. Instead, the Mahindra Mojo ABS is expected to come only in one new variant which would attempt to find a better balance between cost and equipment.
Our guess is, the new ABS variant will be equipped with regular telescopic front fork, fuel injection and single silencer. It remains to be seen if MTWL will equip the next iteration with Pirelli or MRF tyres. Adopting the new configuration would help Mahindra keep a check on the price hike due to addition of ABS.
For now, the Mojo will continue with the fuel-injected BS-IV version of the 300 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine which produces 26.8 PS and 30 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 6-speed unit. The carbureted version which produces 22.7 hp and 25.2 Nm of torque may be discontinued.
The Mahindra Mojo XT300 is currently priced at INR 1.79 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the new variant, the cost of ABS is expected to be offset to some extent by the deletion of one silencer canister.