A leaked product presentation document sheds some light on the upcoming UM Chill 150 automatic scooter. Reported to be getting ready for its launch in August 2019, the Chill 150 will be the budding American two wheeler brand’s first scooter for India.
The Chill 150 features a retro-classic styling with smooth flowing body panels. There is no doubt that Vespa range of scooters are the primary targets. The images show that the new UM Scooter will be equipped with wide seats, Vespa-like circular headlamp, stylish wheels, and unmissable chrome appliques.
The feature highlights include a color instrument panel (possibly with smartphone connectivity and navigation), and front disc brake. It’s reasonable to assume the scooter to be shod with tubeless tyres. The Chill 150 is expected be equipped with a standard single-channel ABS to comply with the new safety regulations that will come into effect from April 1, 2019.
The 150 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine is likely to be the same unit that does duty on UM’s international scooter models Matrix and Powermax. The performance figures are unclear as of now but one can be sure of a belt-driven CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
If UM manages to create a niche for itself in the premium scooter segment which is projected to grow in the coming years, we could see more variants and models from the brand in this space. Currently, UM’s international scooter portfolio has 125 cc and 150 cc variants.
If the two wheeler maker plays its cards right, the UM Chill 150 could offer a significant boost in the company’s sales volumes in India. In addition to the automatic scooter UM is also working on introducing a 200 cc adventure tourer and a new twin-cylinder flagship cruiser both of which are also slated to debut in 2019. The new products will enhance the utilization factor of Lohia Auto’s Kashipur facility.