2021 Launches: Top Five Scooters
- Dec 27, 2021
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What's The Price? Who Are Its Rivals?
|TVS Jupiter 125||Suzuki Access 125||Honda Activa 125|
|Price (ex-showroom Delhi)||Rs 73,400 - Rs 81,300||Rs 73,400 - Rs 77,100 (connected variants cost more)||Rs 73,203 - Rs 80,325|
TVS has matched the pricing of the Access 125 and the Activa 125’s base trim costs barely a couple of hundred rupees less, which shouldn’t make much of a difference in the buying decision. While the top-end variant is slightly pricier than its competition, the scooter justifies the premium with its features, some of which are a segment-first.
How Many Variants Are There?
The TVS Jupiter 125 will be available in three variants from the get-go. You can choose between a front drum/steel wheels option (Rs 73,400), a front drum/alloy wheels option (Rs 76,800) or a front disc/alloy wheel option (Rs 81,300). Those of you who are a bit disheartened regarding the lack of any connected features on the Jupiter 125, TVS says that in case there comes a demand for it, the company will introduce a connected version as well.
The TVS Jupiter 125 is a new scooter from the ground up, and looks like a grown-up and beefy version of the 110cc Jupiter. It has got a derriere that would put Kim Kardashian to shame and has the right amount of bling to keep Indian audiences happy. In certain colours, though, the chrome and flashy shades do look rather ostentatious, but TVS has some subtle shades on offer as well.
The conventional rectangular headlight and its uniquely designed tailight uses LEDs, while the turn indicators use bulbs but the front indicator gets LED DRLs. No full-digital dash like the NTorq’s here, rather it uses a semi-digital one. The analogue speedometer is flanked by a small digital inset that comprises the trip meters, an odometer, live and average fuel consumption, a distance to empty indicator, a clock, and a fuel gauge. There are a few tell-tale lights as well.
The TVS Jupiter 125 is the first and only 125cc scooter in the country to get a centrally located fuel tank. The fuel tank is located in the floor of the scooter with the fuel-filler cap positioned on the left side of the steering stem. You can open the fuel filler cap right from the ignition slot, which also allows you to access the underseat storage space. Speaking of which, it gets a humongous 33 litres of storage capacity, which TVS claims is good enough to store two ISI-certified helmets. Also, the only Indian scooter that comes to mind with a larger boot space is the Ola S1 Pro, and that’s an electric. There’s also an open cubby hole (2 litre capacity) under the key slot for your phone and other knick knacks, and there’s even a provision to fit a USB charger.
No surprises that the Jupiter 125 uses a 124.8cc single-cylinder motor, which is the same displacement as the NTorq. However, the family scooter uses a simpler 2-valve setup and the tuning has been altered keeping in mind the scooter’s sensible aspirations. Hence, it makes a mere 8.3PS and 10.5Nm. Compared to its 125cc family scooter brethren, the Jupiter does have the edge when it comes to torque on offer, and slots in just a tad bit below the Access 125.
TVS has kitted the Jupiter 125 with a silent starter system and also its Intelligo idle stop-start system. Considering that it is one of the porkiest scooters in its class (thanks to its full metal body, which tips the scales at 109kg), the two engine aids should pick up the slack when it comes to fuel efficiency.
The Jupiter 125 uses a brand-new chassis. Since the fuel tank is located under the floorboard, TVS engineers have had to fortify the section well. What they have achieved, as a result, is one of the largest floor spaces that you can get on a 125cc scooter, enough to fit a gas cylinder, or so TVS claims.
It runs on a telescopic fork and preload-adjustable gas-charged monoshock setup. These components aren’t shared with any other TVS scooter. The rear shock has a unique remote 3-step preload adjuster, thus removing the need of having special tools to tune the shock. Even the 12-inch wheels might remind you of the ones found on the smaller Jupiter, though the top variant gets diamond-cut wheels, amping its premium quotient.
Braking hardware comprises a 130mm drum or a 220mm disc for the front wheel, with the rear 130mm drum a standard fitment across all trims.
What Should Have Been Changed?
As much as we like most of the design elements on the Jupiter 125, the front fascia could have been a bit more distinct. Currently, the chrome bits as well as the shape of the front apron looks almost identical to the Honda Activa 125, which isn’t something we find particularly pleasing.
The TVS Jupiter 125 aims to be the disruptor in the 125cc family scooter space. It has the right credentials to take on the Access 125 and the Activa 125 and even the pricing of Rs 81,300 for the top-spec variant poses a serious threat for the competition. How is it to ride? All answers in our first ride review.
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