The growing demand for scooters in the recent years has forced all major two-wheeler manufacturers to shift some of their core focus there. As a result, competition has become quite fierce. In order to strengthen its foot hold in the segment, TVS introduced into the fray the Jupiter, a 110cc automatic scooter. Has TVS made an astute decision in launching the Jupiter? Explore our review and discover the answer!
The TVS Jupiter is one of the bigger scooters in its segment, and that isn’t a bad thing. Big dimensions mean more space for the rider and pillion, which in turn translates to better riding comfort. Design-wise, the scooter looks simple, yet attractive. The quality of the bodywork is simply top notch, and we must laud TVS for putting effort in this department. The front multi-reflector clear lens headlight on the head console possesses a pleasing design. The turn indicator lights are positioned a bit towards the centre and between them is an arrow shaped perforated opening that contributes immensely to the aesthetics of the Jupiter. The side contour is very similar to the TVS Wego, but looks shortened.
The scooter has a good amount of padding in its large seat to ensure a comfy ride, making it suitable for long stints of riding. TVS has also been kind enough to provide more than sufficient amount of leg space on the floorboard. Comfort for the pillion rider was also found to be excellent, and is accentuated by the well-positioned rear foot pegs.
The Jupiter employs the same air-cooled CVT-i engine as the Wego. This unit is very good, always looking to take off from the get go. In case you are wondering what CVT-i is, it’s an engine design innovation that optimizes the air-fuel mixture by creating a swirl and tumble movement, which gives the scooter that extra thump. TVS states a power figure of 8 bhp and 8 Nm of torque output from the engine, which is just about enough pulling power. We were able to touch a maximum of 60 kmph on the speedometer in our test ride in city traffic, but the scooter definitely has the capacity to go over 80 kmph.
While TVS claims a mileage of 62 kmpl, we expect the Jupiter to deliver somewhere around 50 kmpl, when ridden sedately in real-world conditions.
Just like the Wego, the Jupiter instills a sense of confidence in you when riding. Despite its size, the scooter offers phenomenal stability in a straight line, as well as around corners. The plush seats along with the telescopic fork and gas charged rear monoshock do their bit, but we felt that the monoshock settings could have been adjusted a bit to relieve the hardness that we experienced at times over bumps. The one major drawback is the lack of a front disc brake option on the Jupiter, instead of which two 130mm drum brakes feature on either end. They do a good job of bringing the scooter to a halt, but they are nowhere near the capabilities of a disc unit. On the brighter side, TVS could offer it on the Jupiter in the future, considering the Wego currently comes with an optional unit at the front.
The meter console may not look too great, but the same can’t be said for the features that come with it. It’s impossible to not notice the enormous speedometer and fuel gauge in a black backdrop. The console also comes with Eco and Power Mode LEDs which are placed on the left hand side of the meter. Cross the 45 kmph limit and you will see the Power Mode LED switch on. On the top are four button shaped LEDs for the turn indicators, side stand indicator and the low fuel indicator. TVS have also included a pass-by switch on the left handlebar which should be immensely useful to signal other road users, and especially when overtaking those annoyingly slow trucks. Apart from the above the scooter also offers tubeless tires, retractable bag hooks, 17-litre underseat storage and their very own patented E-Z stand which has been incorporated so that parking this scooter is a tad more convenient. The practical external fuel filler from the Wego has been carried forward. The petrol tank can occupy 5.3 litres of fuel. The scooter is available in four colours – Pristine White, Midnight Black, Volcano Red and Titanium Gray.
To sum it all up, we feel that the Jupiter is one of the scooters that comes closest to fulfilling an Indian’s requirements in a scooter. It is a comfortable and stress-free commuter that is built quite will, and comes loaded with a host of thoughtful touches. At a price of Rs. 44,204 (ex-showroom Delhi), we think the TVS Jupiter poses exceptionally good value for money too. Competition must watch out for this one!
Special thanks to Ramkay TVS, Adyar, Chennai, for providing us with a TVS Jupiter for the review
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|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||8 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Chassis Type||High Rigidity Underbone Type|
|Brakes||Front:Drum, dia. 130 mm
Rear:Drum, dia. 130 mm
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.3|