TVS Zeppelin 220 was unveiled as a concept model at the 2018 Auto Expo. The showstopper falls in the cruiser category of motorcycles, targeting buyers who are in the need of a sports cruiser. However, the concept will take a few more months to turn production-ready. Here are 5 must-know facts about the upcoming TVS Zeppelin.
5 Must-Know Facts About Zeppelin 220
1) First TVS Cruiser Motorcycle – TVS is known for the production of commuter bikes and sportbikes, leaving the cruiser segment empty from the past three decades. The Zeppelin 220 is a typical cruiser motorcycle as it features low seat height, forward-biased foot-pegs, and smaller than usual rim size. The cruiser rivals none other than the Bajaj Avenger 220 and Suzuki Intruder 150 while the Jawa Classic 300 and Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 are other indirect rivals for the upcoming motorcycle.
2) New Age Design – The extended fuel tank, sharp tail section, and the raised pillion seat add modern lines to the package. The engine bay is neat, perfectly filled and highlighted with silver inserts. TVS is using belt-drive for the concept version, making it the first motorcycle of its segment to carry the feature. The headlight is derived from a typical modern street machine.
3) Premium Components & Performance – TVS Zeppelin 220 is equipped with premium 41mm USD front forks, full-LED headlight, belt-drive, and grippy Pirelli Sport Demon tyres. The addition of a sporty exhaust system finished in black shade, and the independent tyre hugger makes Zeppelin an eye-candy for the bike lovers though, the production model is expected to skip some of the premium parts to keep the costs under check.
The Zeppelin is expected to be equipped with a 220cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine. The same can either be derived from Apache RTR 200’s engine or made from scratch for torque-biased performance. Mechanically, the concept model is good for 20HP @ 8500 rpm and 18.5Nm @ 7000 rpm. The engine comes with a 5-speed gearbox. The unique electric-boost system of Zeppelin can help riders achieve more mileage per refill though, the system is not yet confirmed for the production version.
4) Instrument Console – The console on the Zeppelin is semi-digital, divided through physical breaks for easy differentiation and clean layout. The console has an analogue tachometer, a digital speedometer, an odometer and a fuel gauge. In comparison, the Bajaj Avenger is equipped with an all-digital console while most of the Royal Enfield motorcycles are equipped with an analogue console.
5) Launch Date & Expected Price – As per the latest details available, the official launch of Zeppelin cruiser is expected to take place in early 2020. Due to the industry slowdown, TVS Motor has decided to skip the Auto Expo 2020 and the brand is expected to hold a separate launch event for the Zeppelin 220. As far as the pricing is concerned, TVS is expected to launch the cruiser with an approximate ex-showroom price tag of around INR 1.30 lakh in India.
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