Low-cost Bajaj Chetak variant to launch in India this month

The imminent release of the budget-friendly iteration of the Bajaj Chetak is set to hit the Indian market this month. This electric scooter is undergoing extensive cost-cutting measures to ensure a competitive price point, contrasting with the Ola S1 X.

Primarily, the economical version of the Bajaj Chetak will limit its color choices to solid options, departing from the metallic and upscale hues found on the standard model. Additionally, it will roll on steel wheels instead of the alloy ones featured on the Urbane and Premium models. Bajaj aims to further slash costs by equipping drum brakes at both ends.

Furthermore, to reduce the retail price, a basic negative-LCD unit, reminiscent of the older model, will be incorporated. While the Urbane and Premium variants boast a TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation, the more affordable Chetak will offer two cubby pockets for storing small items or a phone, instead of a lockable compartment found in the higher-end variants.

Although specifics regarding the motor and battery pack of the new Chetak remain undisclosed, it is speculated that Bajaj Auto may utilize the same powertrain featured in the Urbane variant for this cost-effective version. With these modifications, Bajaj aims to launch the budget-friendly Chetak at a price point below Rs. 1 lakh (ex-showroom). For comparison, the Chetak Urbane is priced at Rs. 1.23 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Chetak Premium comes in at Rs. 1.47 lakh (ex-showroom).