Bajaj Auto has silently unveiled the first of the six new bikes that it has promised to launch this year. It is the all-new Platina 100 ES, an updated version of one of the best-selling entry-level commuter motorcycles in India. Out goes the 99.2cc motor, and it its place comes a new two-valve 102cc DTS-i unit. While it develops the same 8 bhp power as the older engine, it outputs 12.75 Nm of torque, almost 5 Nm more than before, which should allow it to accelerate and overtake quickly.
The new engine also helps the Platina 100 ES deliver an ARAI-certified mileage of 96.9 kmpl. This is the highest amongst two-wheelers in India, and quite possibly, the world, as Bajaj claims it. It also means that with one tank full of fuel, the Platina 100 ES will be able to travel almost 1000 kms before needing a fill-up!
Design-wise, the bike gets all-new body panels, a redesigned headlight cowl, and a smaller fuel-tank. The new Platina 100 ES is priced at Rs 44,507 (ex-showroom, Delhi), and will be available in three colors, Ebony Black, Electron Blue, and Candy Red.