Recently, a lot of manufacturers have started to show interest in the ever growing scooter segment. While the 100cc and 110cc scooters are the fastest to leave the showrooms, manufacturers are looking to improve their brand image by launching more premium 125 cc scooters. The 110cc scooter segment has become stagnated with a lot of scooters offering more or less similar features and performance. The 125cc scooter segment is more interesting these days as manufacturers try to go all out to make their product stand out from the competition.
A case in point is Mahindra -the company has unveiled the all new Gusto 125. The 125cc Gusto will hope to generate more interest than its underachieving 110cc sibling. The Gusto has always been known for being a value for money proposition. The scooter is loaded with a lot of useful features which made it appealing to a lot of customers. Mahindra hopes that more power will add to the Gusto’s appeal.
The Gusto 125 gets slight modifications on the front and side. These visual cues helps one differentiate the 125cc Gusto from the 110cc Gusto. The changes include a slightly modified front profile, a 125 badge below the Gusto badge on the side and a chrome strip near the badge. The Gusto will be offered in 4 different paintjobs-two single tone colours and two dual-tone colours.
An interesting feature on the Gusto is the provision of a flip key that looks very similar to a car key.The Gusto is powered by a 125cc, air-cooled engine that develops a peak power of 8.5 bhp at 7000 rpm and has a peak torque output of 10 Nm at 5500 rpm. This engine is mated to a CVT gearbox. The increase in power might cause the mileage to drop.
The Gusto 125 is priced at Rs. 50,680 (Ex-showroom Bengaluru) for the DX variant and Rs. 53,680 for the VX variant. Considering the amount of features on offer and the increase in power, the Gusto 125 is reasonably priced. We will know more after a full-fledged review.