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One look at the Bajaj RE60 and you’d conclude that its a three-wheeler with an extra wheel. The boffins at Bajaj won’t be disappointed if you did because that is exactly what they had in mind. They designed the RE60 (RE is Bajaj’s commercial vehicle brand and 60 denotes its carbon dioxide emission/km) to play as the next step to their three-wheeler customer base. Bajaj has sold over 5 million auto rickshaws. These customers have nothing to upgrade to except for locally-assembled share-auto rickshaws.

Bajaj RE60 interiors

 

5 reasons why Bajaj made the RE60

Bajaj ULC reasons for creation

Here are some of the questions Rajiv Bajaj answered in today morning’s unveiling

Keywords

Light weight – 400kg
Fuel efficiency – 40kmpl in Bajaj’s internal tests
Small dimensions – Comparable to Mercedes Benz’s Smart brand – it takes a little more than the parking space of an auto rickshaw.

Safety

The four-wheeler by nature of its design, is safer than a three-wheeler. It has seat belts at the front and rear, hard top and doors. The body is seven times more rigid than the three-wheeler.

Bajaj RE60 front fascia

Powertrain – Why no diesel?

It is powered by a 200cc, water-cooled, DTSi engine (twin spark technology of Bajaj) that delivers 15-20bhp with a top speed of 70kph. The real world mileage is expected to be upward of 35kmpl while the tail pipe emissions are half as an average A-Segment car. The RE60, like we suspected last week, is a Tata Magic Iris with a petrol engine. Rajiv Bajaj told IndianAutosBlog.com that his company manufactures light vehicles and diesel engines don’t go very well with light weight. Bajaj insisted that CNG, LPG and petrol were the fuel options the 400kg RE60 will be rolled out with.

Bajaj RE60 rear seat

Features -

The company did not allow reporters and guests to sit in the vehicle. The interiors are bare bones and scantily equipped with a cost-saving dash-mounted gear lever, digital instrument cluster, two glove boxes instead of Nano’s scoops and a fare meter on the passenger side. There is 44 liters of boot space behind the rear passenger and 7 liters under the hood. There could be two variants, one missing basic amenities like windows and low-cost interior pitched as a three-wheeler alternative and a slightly more upmarket variant with body colored fitments, dual tone interior positioned for personal transportation.

Bajaj RE60 rear three quarters

Rajiv Bajaj on the partnership with Renault-Nissan -

“With small or big modifications, we’re in a position to supply the same vehicle to Renault and Nissan if they so wish.”

He then added “we’ve kept all our options open. In terms of what their response is, I can tell you they have not seen the physical product because it was put together just in time for today’s launch. They told us that they would come to the Auto Expo to see the product in its flesh so to speak and then they would discuss with us the matter of the cooperation further. So things stand exactly where they stood, we proceeded with the development, we have our own vehicle standing, Renault-Nissan are welcome to come and have a look, what they will decide is something you must ask them.”

Bajaj RE60 side profile

Price -

We expect Bajaj to price the RE60 between 1.5-1.75 lakh rupees.

Bottom Line -

Bajaj RE60 is not a car. Bajaj terms itself as an anti-car company. It has set about making the next generation three-wheeler even if that meant adding a fourth wheel!

Bajaj RE60 Comprehensive Image Slideshow

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  • Salin jose

    I like this, If have a competition, the better thinks reach to the people.

  • Sandeep Rawal

    Hi,
    Its so strange that there are no turn indicators on this small car/ taxi.
    Typically Bajaj – they have indicators fitted on all autos, but none of the indicators are prominent nor do the auto walas ever bother to indicate while turning etc. I presume the same thing can happen with this taxi as well … going forward & sudden takes a U turn…Grow up Bajaj…please be innovative but atleast care for other vehicles on the road…

  • kapil

    After looking at this toy car renault & nissan will have a good laugh at rajiv bajaj. LoL!!

  • anil chsudhari

    I like

  • dan

    since nano at same price wld hav bttr torqe and power who wld buy the upmarket variant ??? seriously 35 kmpl ….this shld come out frst as the tourism dept certified taxis instead of autos…in railways stations and bus stands…shld reduce commuting charges charged by auto drivers…elsewhere they wont reduce pprices no matter wat…

  • sabir

    How will this car do in only 200cc i think pulsar and this stuff have same cpacity

  • Pradyumna

    We expect to see the pics of the engine under hood

  • Veeru

    If Rajiv Bajaj is hopefule that Renault or Nissan would agree to rebadge this vehicle with modifications, then best of luck. I would be shocked if they did and it’s a recipe for disater. Now all those people deriding Nano would understand what an engineering marvel Nano is.