Testing Starts for Bajaj RE60 Quadricycle… Launch Soon?
Testing of Bajaj RE60 on Indian roads has started in the twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad ahead of its launch.
What is a Quadricycle?
Quadricycle is defined as a micro-car, a simple miniature automobile with four-wheels; but NOT a regular car. Quadricycles are demarcated by the limits of their weight, power and speed; under the European categories of automobiles. India’s most popular two-wheeler brand Bajaj Auto is developing India’s first Quadricycle to enter the untapped segment of micro-cars; with its upcoming model the Bajaj RE60. The RE60 is an inexpensive, rear-engined, simple four-seater Quadricycle. Bajaj RE60 is designed to cater the commercial passenger transport segment of the Indian domestic market and may replace conventional auto-rickshaws in the near future.
India's First Quadricycle's Specs:
It is reported that the Bajaj RE60 has received a certification from the Indian Government on 22 May 2013, which legally classified it as a Quadricycle. However, RE60 is NOT legally classified as a car and hence cannot be sold to individuals; as yet. The RE60 is powered by a 216cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, single-cylinder petrol engine which is capable of giving an estimated mileage of 37 km/L. The RE60 is compact, weighs only 400kg with a tiny turning radius of only 3.5m. Bajaj RE60 has a top speed of 70 Km/h.
Bajaj Auto has already started plans for the launch of RE60 in Indian market. Bajaj Auto is conducting extensive road tests of RE60 in the twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune. Team CrankIT recently spotted & followed one of the RE60 Test-Mules and managed to take a few pictures. Team CrankIT also shot an exclusive & first ‘Bajaj RE60 Video’ of its test-run for our followers; which will be uploaded to CrankIT’s official You-Tube channel. Although, it’s 'RE' logo could be seen camouflaged, one could still clearly make out that it is the Bajaj RE60 itself.
Bajaj RE60 Styling:
These are a few photos of Bajaj RE60 taken recently when it was on a test-run. The Bajaj RE60 test-mule had green coloured body with black-and-white strips and its badge covered with tapes to deceive the general public. Remarkably, there were no real occupants in the vehicle except for the driver. However, the RE60 was actually carrying the ‘Dummies’ (Plastic / rubber-statues); mimicking the real passengers while on the rest run. Bajaj RE-60 has simple tail-lights without LEDs and they are wrapped around the rear & side panels. From the spy-pics, the 'Tail-Panel' of RE60 appears to be the ‘fixed-type’ (just like Tata Nano) and cannot be possibly opened. However, there is a provision for a lock on the rear bumper center-piece for its opening and access to the rear-mounted engine.
Could Bajaj RE60 Become World’s Cheapest Vehicle?
Bajaj RE60 has the potential & might become the world’s cheapest commercially manufactured vehicle, beating the Tata Nano; although it doesn’t fall under regular car category. Bajaj RE60 is speculated to be priced around Rs. 1.25 to 2.5 Lakh, as Bajaj will be looking to position it as a small 4-seater Intra-City Taxi, which could replace India’s iconic Auto-Rickshaw.
Exclusive Bajaj RE60 Video on Test Run ….. Watch it here...!!!
Further information about Bajaj RE60 can be obtained at: http://www.bajajauto.com/bajajre/re60-landing.html