TVS Zeppelin Cruiser Concept Stuns Ongoing 2018 Auto Expo


TVS Zeppelin Cruiser Concept features hybrid powertrain technologies, online connectivity and a striking power cruiser styling

As soon as the TVS Apache RR310 entered Indian market, all the launch delays and speculations over its riding dynamics were rightfully answered with a highly desirable faired sportsbike you can live with on daily basis. TVS’s intentions to enter the premium segments were quite clear since the arrival of the RR310.

It was compounded by the introduction of the NTorq 125 scooter. The brand’s first foray into the 125 cc space has been all the more promising as the NTorq is positioned aggressively against rivals like Honda Grazia with better pricing and additional technologies.

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TVS-Zeppelin-Side-Full.jpgIt is the first Bluetooth-enabled scooter in the Indian market and boasts good performance and connectivity features. The Hosur-based manufacturer is notorious in bringing new concepts to the biennial Auto Expo. And this time around, it raised the bar higher with another concept that could effectively pave way for entry into another segment it has never competed in.

Just like the Akula signalled direction for the RR310, we hope the new cruiser concept would materialise into something people can buy because it has all the potential on paper and your naked eye would not stop staring at it. Christened the TVS Zeppelin, the cruiser concept dictates way for a possible production model or at least futuristic design ethos.

TVS-Zeppelin-Suspension.jpgAs much as we wonder where the Zeppelin name comes from – perhaps from the iconic band – the appearance of the cruiser point towards a strong performer. But, do not let the exterior fool you as it is not a possible contender for Harley Davidson but the Bajaj Avenger cruiser range.

It is strapped with a 220 cc single-cylinder engine which is the first for the homegrown brand. TVS says the performance cruiser concept boasts a “raw metal look and feel”, yes our Led Zeppelin indications might just be right and blends with the styling of a soft tail roadster.

TVS-Zeppelin-Side.jpgEndorsed to be the new milestone in the world of cruising, it comes with modern technologies ensuring a middle ground in terms of power cruising and custom styling. It features lightweight tubeless spoked alloy wheels along with gold-painted 41 mm upside down forks, dual channel ABS and monoshock rear. Braking is done by 300 mm radial disc up front and 240 mm radial disc at the rear.

The handlebar looks pretty flat and manageable while the fuel tank is painted in metallic brown colour. The rectangular headlamp has LED lighting elements wrapped around and the ergonomical switchgears are indeed carried over from the Apache RR310. The rear end is equally impressive with unique styling while the beefy tyres, thick seat layout and LED blinkers are other noticeable elements in the Zeppelin.

TVS-Zeppelin-headlamp.jpgThe most significant technology incorporated in the TVS Zeppelin is an integrated starter generator system – a mild-hybrid tech for motorcycles. We highly doubt its existence in the production model at least in the near future. It uses an e-boost function that helps in giving additional power when needed. It is complemented by a 48 V lithium-ion battery pack with regenerative assisting motor to further aid in performance.

The equipment list comprises of something called Bio-key start, front-mounted HD camera for recording purposes, silent toothed belt drive, single arm rear mudguard hugger with number plate, online connectivity and much more. The entry-level cruiser segment has been booming with motorcycles like the Bajaj Avenger 220.

TVS-Zeppelin-Front.jpgManufacturers like Suzuki and Honda are fancying a fair share in the segment too and now TVS seems to be the latest inclusion. The production Zeppelin could be two years away from entering showrooms though and until then keep your fingers crossed!

TVS Zeppelin Cruiser Concept Images