TVS Jupiter 125 to rival Honda Activa 125 & Suzuki Access with a fuel-injected engine; expected to offer several premium features
TVS Motor Company has had a busy year with a raft of launches and it appears to be ending 2018 on a high with a brand new product next month. The Hosur-based manufacturer brought in the Radeon 110 cc commuter in August 2018 to strengthen its position in the entry-level space but its upcoming two-wheeler will likely be at the premium end of the scale.
It could be a premium scooter joining Ntorq 125 that had reached one lakh sales market within six months of its market entry. It is expected to respond to the emerging trend of buyers wanting to own upmarket scooters with increased connectivity options and sporty performance in a not-so-expensive price bracket.
While the Radeon targets the affordable mass segment, the new scooter could be positioned against the likes of Access 125 & Activa. Believed to carry the Jupiter 125 moniker, it may become a strong seller for TVS considering the positive attitude of customers over purchasing new two-wheelers during the festive season.
TVS has the Jupiter as its top-selling scooter brand for long and its name could instigate a range-topping model in the attractive price range. Going by TVS’ knack of positioning its products aggressively while stuffing with features, the Jupiter 125 could be based on an identical strategy when it goes on sale.
We expect it to have similarities with the Ntorq 125 as parts sharing is possible with a fully digitised instrument console, Bluetooth connectivity via smartphone application, LED headlamp and LED tail lamp as standard, premium body panels with top-notch fit and finish, dual-tone funky paint schemes, etc.
The visual appearance could well take an evolutionary approach from the current Jupiter 110 to maintain the lineage. Along with Activa 125, it is speculated to compete against Suzuki Access. The powertrain is likely to be sourced from Ntorq with the 124.79 cc single-cylinder engine getting fuel injection to perhaps outnumber the performance of Ntorq that stands at 9.4 PS and 10.5 Nm.