Breaking - Bajaj RE60 unveiled in New Delhi [updated]

03/01/2012 - 06:54 | ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Pointers from the Bajaj RE60 press conference - Mr Rajiv Bajaj, CEO or Bajaj Auto talks about his new project. He repeats that Bajaj is an "anti car company" and the RE60 is seen as replacement to the 3-wheeler and not a car. This is a low cost solution, a commercial application for moving people.

What is the RE60?

A last mile transportation solution for people.

Dealership network - This will go through RE dealerships (commercial vehicle network). I hope this will motivate dealers to spruce up dealership.

Despite the success with the motorcycles, Bajaj has taken its eyes of the 3-wheeler business of which it is the largest auto market - half a million 3-wheeler sales this year.

Four year journey ends today with the launch of this four-wheeler.

Bajaj RE60 three quarters frontBajaj RE60 side profile

This is a 4-wheeled vehicle - Pride and aspiration associated with a 4-wheeler present on this product.

100% new petrol engine - fuel injected, water cooled, 4 valves, twin spark technology - 60g/km of CO2 emissions - typically half what current small car emits. The engine is mounted at the rear.

We want to sell it as a mass volume price.

Bajaj RE60 side mirrorBajaj RE60 interior

I'm happy to share that this vehicle returned 40kmpl in testing and on the road, users should experience 35kmpl at least.

Host of vehicle features - normally not associated with this segment - is present on the RE60 - We're bringing features from segments above.

350 crore rupees saved because of space and tooling sharing at the Aurangabad factory. The same plant produces three-wheelers and production of RE60 will begin in the next few months.

A market like Sri Lanka uses the Bajaj Autorickshaw as a form of personal transport. Hence this vehicle may be out on the export market before it reaches local dealerships.

There are 5 million Bajaj three-wheelers on the market, and the RE60 is built to serve as a replacement with better features, safety and many more credentials.

Bajaj RE60 - Fast facts

  • Light weight monocoque metal polymer hybrid structure
  • Closed-loop fuel injection system
  • Powered by a 200cc water cooled, 4 valve, DTSI technology will make around 20hp - Can ply in Europe as a quadircycle
  • Petrol, CNG and LPG are the only fuel options - Diesel engine not under consideration as this is a light weight vehicle
  • 44 liter rear boot storage, 7 liter under the hood and 400 liters when the seats are folded down
  • Max speed 70kph
  • Turning circle radius - 3.5m
  • Length - 2,752mm
  • Width - 1,312mm
  • Height - 1,650mm
  • Seating Capacity - 2+2 or 1+3
  • Kerb weight 400kg

Bajaj RE60 Image Gallery

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