BREAKING: Bajaj Chetak 2901 Launched At Rs 95,998 - Cheapest Chetak Ever!

  • Jun 7, 2024
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Despite being the most affordable variant, it still offers more range than the costlier Urbane variant

A more affordable variant of the Bajaj Chetak has been launched. Dubbed the Chetak 2901, it is positioned below the Chetak Urbane, making it the cheapest Chetak scooter in India. This launch comes after Rajiv Bajaj announced last month that “there will always be at least one new Chetak every year.” 

Price & Rivals

The new Bajaj Chetak 2901 is priced at Rs 95,998 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru, including EMPS (Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme 2024) subsidy). At the price, the Chetak 2901 is Rs 27,321 more affordable than the Urbane variant, and rivals the likes of the TVS iQube 2.2kWh, Ather Rizta, and the Ola S1 X. Bookings are now open on Chetak’s official website, and the scooter will reach dealerships on June 15. There are over 500 showrooms across the country.

What’s New

The Chetak 2901 gets a new 2.8kWh battery, which is slightly smaller than the Urbane variant’s 2.9kWh battery. However, at a lower top speed of 63kmph, the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India)-claimed range has gone up to 123km. In comparison, the Urbane has a 113km range and a top speed of 73kmph (both claimed). It also has an off-board charger, though the claimed charging time has gone up to 6 hours. Another important point to note is that this variant only comes with a drum brake on both ends with no option for a front disc brake.

The Chetak 2901 is available in 5 colours: Red, White, Black, Lime Yellow and Azure Blue.

What’s Unchanged

The Chetak 2901 looks visually the same as the Urbane, barring the colour schemes, and also gets a steel body. It gets the same circular colour-LCD cluster like the Urbane variant and has a single-sided link-type front suspension at and a monoshock at the back, both suspending 12-inch wheels. This Chetak can also be had with a TecPac which costs Rs 3000 more and gives the e-scooter hill hold, reverse mode, a Sports riding mode, call and music control, ‘follow-me-home’ lights, and limited Bluetooth app connectivity.

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The sub-Rs 1 lakh e-scooter segment has recently started gaining momentum with brands like TVS and Ola launching more affordable variants of their electric scooters. The Bajaj Chetak has always been an understated scooter doing decent numbers without making too much noise, literally and figuratively. Launching a more affordable variant will now allow Bajaj to capture an emerging market at a relatively early stage. Selling decent numbers at this stage will also make it much easier to apply for the upcoming FAME 3 subsidies which could help further reduce the price. 

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