According to a recent report, TVS is likely to unveil their Zeppelin cruiser in production form at the Auto Expo in February 2020. Zeppelin 220 is the brand’s next big motorcycle and it is expected to be the star of the show. It is being said that TVS Motor is putting a lot of effort in the Zeppelin project while the testing of the motorcycle is expected to commence shortly on the Indian roads.
The initial unveiling of the power cruiser at the Auto Expo 2018 showed the motorcycle with an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) with assist motor as well as an HD camera. Though, in order to keep the production cost under check, the brand will be skipping certain features for the production version.
As per the reports, the TVS Zeppelin will get major body parts inspired from the Apache RTR 200 including the headlight, instrument console as well as the switchgear. The motorcycle will feature an LED headlight setup with premium plastic cladding for the body panels.
The concept motorcycle was equipped with golden USD front forks to give it a distinguished look though, the brand is likely to replace them with conventional forks to meet the design requirements of every individual plus to keep the production costs in check. The rear end of the motorcycle will get an adjustable monoshock absorber.
The production version of the motorcycle is expected to get dual-channel ABS for added safety. The concept motorcycle was showcased with a contemporary brown and black colour scheme, which gives it a well-finished look while the retro-inspired headlamp adds on to its persona.
Mechanically, the TVS Zeppelin will be powered by a 220cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor, inspired from Apache 200’s engine. There is no information on the exact specs of the powertrain though it is expected to generate higher output in comparison to the Apache RTR 200 4V. The brand will most probably equip the power cruiser with a BSVI-compliant engine. Being positioned in the TVS portfolio above the Apache 200, the TVS Zeppelin is expected to get a price tag of INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom).