Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be Launched in India on 5th November 2020

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be Launched in India on 5th November 2020

by admin | November 20, 2020

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Royal Enfield has announced with a teaser that the much-awaited Meteor 350 motorcycle will be launched on the 6th of November and will replace the Thunderbird 350X. The launch was delayed due to COVID-19 in the past.

The Meteor 350 is expected to be introduced in three variants – Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova and the bike will also include a standard ‘Tripper Navigation’ feature. It is a Bluetooth enabled navigation system for Royal Enfield bikes, to be introduced on the Meteor first. It will surely come in handy for long-distance travelers.

The Meteor will feature a new 350 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, long-stroke engine producing 22PS of power and 27Nm of peak torque. Moreover, there will also be a new transmission with a smoother and lighter clutch action.

The Meteor 350 will directly replace the Thunderbird 350X motorcycle and is expected to be priced in a similar range of Rs.1.60L to Rs.1.75L (ex-showroom).

Stay tuned for further updates on the new premium motorcycle.

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    Bajaj has re-launched the popular Chetak scooter after many years and in an all new electric avatar. Priced competitively at Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom), Bajaj has introduced the Chetak electric in two variants -- Urbane and Premium. The Premium model costs Rs 15,000 more and it will be sold alongside KTM. Customers are also offered the convenience of booking the Chetak on their official website as well. Deliveries for the Premium variant may begin from the end of April 2020 while the Urbane variant will commence by May 2020. The catch here though is that as of now, the Chetak is


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    available in Pune and Bengaluru only.

    While there are other players in the electric scooter market, the Chetak stands apart in terms of build since it uses metal bodywork instead of fibre. It gets all things modern like LED lighting and a digital instrument console that displays many important things like vehicle speed, range and battery level and an IP67 rating. Also, the Chetak gets keyless ignition!

    Speaking of performance, the Chetak is powered by a 4kW 16 Nm electric motor with 2 riding modes: Eco and Sport. It is a smart system as the Chetak’s Integrated charging unit senses throttle position continuously. As a result, twisting the throttle more than 85% will result in the mode switching automatically from Eco to Sport. Bajaj claims the Chetak will offer a real-world range of 95km in Eco mode and 85km in Sport mode. You might be surprised to know that the Chetak also gets a reverse mode. It is also claimed that the electric scooter can do 25 kms after one hour of charge while a 3.5 hour charge will charge the batteries all the way to 80%. 100% charge from no charge could be achieved in 5 hours.

    But, Bajaj claims the top speed of the Chetak to be limited to 60 kmph which in our books is low. Top speed has been compromised in the interest of higher range and it could be the perfect speed for tight city commutes. But, what if you happen to hit the highway or a fast main road? Things could get a bit scary.

    Speaking of handling and braking- the Chetak gets front trailing link suspension and 12-inch alloy wheels fitted with MRF Zapper tyres. A disc brake in the front and drum brake at the rear should provide a lot of stopping power. Bajaj claims the regenerative braking feature can add 2.8 metre of range every time a rider goes from 60-0kmph.

    There is no provision for fast charging but Bajaj does include home charging port for free which will be fixed at your place of residence by a technician. It would be interesting to see how the Chetak performs against its competition- the Ather 450, TVS iQube and 22Kymco iFlow.


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    The new Era variant will weigh around 80 kilograms lighter than the Magna 1.2-litre petrol variant.

    It will also miss out on several features:

    Rear AC vents

    Rear Power windows

    Electric ORVMs

    Audio system

    Steering mounted audio controls

    Remote locking

    Wheel covers

    Fog lamps

    The features likely to available on the new entry-level Era variant include:

    Manual Central locking

    15” Steel wheels

    Reverse sensors

    Front Power windows

    Manual AC

    MID instrument cluster

    Tilt/Telescopic steering

    Dual airbags

    ABS with EBD

    Pretensioner seatbelts

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    The first images of the 2021 premium compact SUV Jeep Compass facelift have been leaked online a few weeks ago. The leaked images of the new model are from China. The facelifted model is expected to make its world premiere later this month in that country.


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    The seven-slat grille design gets more prominent honeycomb-like inserts. The front bumper is all-new with a curvy contrast-black insert placed above the front air-dam connecting both fog lamp units. The new bumper does not feature separate LED daytime running lamps, which means they will now be integrated into the headlight units.

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    The new Jeep Compass facelift is expected to receive a much-larger 10.1-inch touchscreen U-Connect5 infotainment system with few connected care facilities as well.

    It is also likely that the top-spec variants will receive a fully digital instrument cluster as well. While the rest of the dashboard will have no design changes, the material quality is expected to be improved significantly.


    The new Jeep Compass will continue with the current set of engine and gearbox options. The 1.4L Multi-Air Petrol engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT whereas the 2.0L turbo-diesel will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

    The Jeep Compass is a rival for the likes of the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson, MG Hector and Mahindra XUV500.

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