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- Jun 6, 2018
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TVS is back in the fray with the refreshed 2014 TVS Wego 110cc scooter. It seems all set to take on its rivals. And the most obvious visual change you must have noticed is the trendy new dual tone body colour, which makes the TVS scooter stand out in a crowd.
Another important change is a new full digital instrument cluster, which offers most of the basic information needed for day to day use. This includes a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, battery indicator and service reminder. Now that it has gone digital there’s no speedometer cable, so TVS has made a slight change in crankcase to accommodate the digital speedometer sensors.
A closer look reveals that there are some body-parts similar to its older sibling TVS Jupiter as well, which in turn makes the TVS Wego, appear more premium than before. The refreshed 2014 TVS Wego sports a Jupiter like exhaust with a smart stainless steel guard, and even dumps regular tube tyres for new 12-inch tubeless one.
Also new are the turn indicators up front and new LED tail lamp. TVS has changed the seat on the 2014 TVS Wego and now features an ‘anti-skid non-hysteresis seat’ which intends to keep you comfortable in different weather conditions. But the seat is way too soft, making the seat-cover too loose for comfort. The fit and finish and plastic parts for the segment are fair but cannot match the ones in TVS Jupiter, which has set a benchmark with its quality.
So, what’s good in the new TVS Wego? Well, for starters the scooter can be locked with the handle either on the left or the right side, making it very convenient to park in narrow spots. Then there are other useful features like an external fuel cap, glowing ignition slot which helps to find key-slot easily in the dark, lockable rear brake for ease of parking and a durable metal body. There is also a decent 16-litre under-seat storage but it’s too narrow to fit an average full-sized helmet. You also get an under seat mobile charger and a very easy to operate centre stand.
TVS has worked on the 110cc engine for refinement and efficiency and now calls it the ‘Next-Gen 110cc CVT-I Engine’. This revised four-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC petrol motor produces a segment standard maximum power of 8.1PS at 7500rpm and peak torque of 8Nm at 5500rpm. First introduced on the TVS Jupiter, the Next-Gen 110cc CVT-I now powers the upgraded TVS Wego as well.
The power figure or performance is nothing to write home about but the CVT ensures that acceleration comes smooth and effortlessly. After the fine tuning the updated TVS Wego has fair amount of torque which makes it respond swiftly in city riding conditions. In the Power mode the scooter sprints from 0-60kmph in a company claimed 11.2seconds, while the Economy boosts efficiency. TVS boasts of a 63kmpl fuel efficiency under test conditions, however real world figure will be around 45-50kmpl.
We got to ride the drum brake version of the 2014 TVS Wego and the 130mm drums were what can be described as - just adequate. If you can stretch your budget a bit, we suggest you pick the front disc brake equipped variant which stops the scooter more authoritatively. The scooter has been designed for Indian road conditions, so it comes with a good 150mm ground clearance, telescopic front suspension and gas charged rear mono- shock absorbers which can deal with the usual road undulations.
These along with a long wheelbase of 1,275mm makes the new TVS Wego well balanced and pretty composed on the road. We rode it back to back with a TVS Jupiter and the Wego felt more alert and agile than its older sibling. We liked the firmer suspension setup of the upgraded TVS Wego, which makes it more pliant over ditches and road bumps. Moreover it feels quite nimble and quick to change direction, and is more enjoyable to ride.
The other good thing is that the TVS Motor has not hiked its the price of the upgraded 2014 TVS Wego and continues to be offered at Rs 48,857 for the drum brake version and Rs 49,580 (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the one equipped with front disc. After the makeover, the Wego is a more attractive proposition for 110cc scooter seekers and would attract the younger buyer, taking the game up for competition like the Honda Dio, Yamaha Ray and Suzuki Let’s.
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