With the arrival products such as the Yamaha Ray and Honda Activa-i, competition in the scooter segment has been heating up to unforeseen levels. Reeling in this heat was TVS, which had no products to counter the recent Japanese offensive, until now. TVS Motors today launched the new Jupiter, the company’s second mid-size premium scooter after the Wego. While most TVS scooters are aimed exclusively at women (through the Scooty range), the Jupiter bucks the trend and targets the male crowd instead.
The Jupiter employs the same 8 bhp 110cc engine from the Wego. The engine has been fine tuned to offer improved low-end torque and fuel efficiency, which helps the scooter to accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 7.2 seconds, while delivering a mileage of 62 kmpl.
TVS scooters are known for being equipped, no, loaded with a host of practical features, and the Jupiter is no different. The scooter comes fitted with a first-in-class pass light switch, retractable twin front bag hooks, low fuel indicator light, 17L underseat storage space, rear-mounted external fuel filler, 12in tubeless tires, easy-to-use kick starter, and TVS's patented EZ centre stand.
[Clockwise from top left: Pass light switch, Rear mounted fuel filler, EZ centre stand, and 17L storage space]
On the technical side, the scooter employs features such as telescopic fork front suspension, gas-filled rear shock absorber, twin pilot lamps, LED tail lamps, alloy wheels and a keyhole shutter.
The TVS Jupiter is priced at Rs 44,200 (ex-showroom, Delhi), and is available in Pristine White, Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, and Volcano Red. The scooter is currently available for sale only in the Northern states, and will be available in the South in a couple of months.
The Jupiter is TVS Motors’ renewed effort to steal the thunder from the highly popular Honda Activa. Although the Activa hasn’t been significantly updated in over half a decade, it still continues to top sales charts, but with a product as promising as the Jupiter, TVS has a chance to upset the segment leader.