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Suzuki Saluto Price Revealed. Here’s Why It Won’t Come To India


A Suzuki that’s more expensive than even the most expensive Vespa?

  • The Suzuki Saluto costs the equivalent of Rs 1.84 lakh in Taiwan.
  • It is powered by the same 124cc motor as the Access 125.
  • However, it produces 9.2PS compared to the Access’ 8.7PS output.

 

After having unveiled the Access 125-based Saluto in Taiwan a couple of months ago, Suzuki has now launched the premium scooter in the same nation. The price tag is a bit of a shocker, so strap yourselves in for this one. At 78,000 Taiwanese Yuan, the Saluto costs the equivalent of Rs 1.84 lakh rupees! We did mention it was a premium scooter, didn’t we?

The hefty price tag is partly down to its full-LED lighting, keyless ignition and semi-digital instrumentation, but mostly down to the Taiwanese market and its taxation policies. Interestingly, the Saluto is only slightly more expensive than the more basic Swish 125 also sold in Taiwan. Both scooters are powered by the same 124cc motor that does duty in the Access in India, but probably thanks to less stringent emission norms, it produces 9.2PS in the Saluto compared to 8.7PS in the Access 125 BS6.

Fortunately or unfortunately, the price of the Saluto is not something we have to worry about in India since the feature-rich scooter is unlikely to make its way to our shores anytime soon. Going by the mildness of the updates made to the Access recently, as well as the lack of a larger capacity Burgman maxi-scooter, Suzuki seems to be taking a rather conservative approach to India. Moreover, with the Burgman Street on sale here, the brand already has a competent, premium 125cc scooter in the market, and yet another model in the same displacement and price range could lead to a confusing product lineup.

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