Bajaj Chetak Vespa

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The Bajaj Chetak was a popular Indian-made motor scooter produced by the Bajaj Auto company.  The Chetak is named after Chetak, the legendary horse of Indian warrior Rana Pratap Singh.

Originally based on Italian Vespa PX, Chetak was an affordable means of transportation for millions of Indian families for decades and is lovingly called Hamara Bajaj (Our Bajaj). The popularity of Bajaj has spread across Asia and most people thought that it is a Vespa and assumes that Vespa is from India!

Around 1980, the Vespa-licensed design was replaced with an all-new in-house design that shared the same general appearance and style.

During its heyday its chief competitor was LML NV made by LML India as a licensed copy of the Vespa PX 150. In the face of rising competition from bikes and cars, Chetak lost ground in India, and production was discontinued in 2006.

Bajaj Chetak 2017

However, there has been rumours in 2016 that Bajaj Chetak will re-launch a new modern scooter in 2017 to compete against the Vespa modern range

Patent images of the scooter have been leaked online, indicating that the new Bajaj Chetak 2017 will go into production.

Considering the cult following Bajaj Chetak had during its time, the relaunch of the same brand might just work in the company’s favour. Also, the leaked picture hints at Bajaj Auto trying to make it look a bit retro to target premium scooter buyers.

With the growing popularity of the Piaggio Vespa range and the entry of the Aprilia SR150 in the same segment, Bajaj sees a huge opportunity. Though the expectation is that the Pune-based two-wheeler maker will keep the prices of the new Bajaj Chetak 2017 more competitive than all of its rivals.

New Bajaj Chetak 2017 Price Range (expected)

Minimum Rs 58,000

Maximum Rs 60,000

It is still too early to comment on the pricing of the product, but hopefully Bajaj will keep the Chetak at around Rs 58,000 – Rs 60,000 price bracket. At this price point, the company will be able to attract a larger set of buyers.

New Bajaj Chetak 2017 Specifications (expected)

Specifications Bajaj Chetak 2017 (Expected)

Engine 125cc air-cooled

Power 9-10bhp

Torque 9Nm

Gearbox CVT

As of now there is no clue about the engine that will power the new Bajaj Chetak, but it can be assumed to feature a 125cc engine mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox. This could be a single-cylinder, air-cooled powertrain featuring the company’s DTS-i tech. Just like most of its rivals, the engine’s maximum power might be between 9bhp to 10bhp.