TVS Motor is working on 2 new motorcycles based on the Zeppelin cruiser for the Indian market. Both these bikes will be based on the 220cc concept, which was unveiled at the Auto Expo in February 2018.
As TVS Motor has decided to skip the Auto Expo 2020, it is now being rumoured that Zeppelin-based motorcycles will be unveiled in January next year and the new bikes may go on sale by mid-2020 though, nothing has been revealed officially yet.
Both the upcoming cruisers will carry the all-new 220cc single-cylinder engine showcased under the Zeppelin concept. The engine segment rivals none other than Bajaj Avenger 220 series while the use of premium equipment could place it closer to the price segment of the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
One version may carry a normal engine while another version can feature the hybrid setup. As all the rival products are conventional petrol-powered cruisers, the upcoming motorcycles based on Zeppelin are expected to carry an integrated starter generator-equipped engine for saving fuel while idling. The concept model of Zeppelin was showcased with a belt-drive mechanism though, it may not be on offer on the production-spec model as it will raise the cost of Zeppelin-based products by a huge margin.
Most probably, TVS will manufacture a dark-themed and a chrome-laden version to cater to the needs of both types of buyers. The Zeppelin cruiser could feature options like backrest and alloy wheels for both the versions.
The electric-assist option is of great use in adding more power to the engine through power use from a battery. The Zeppelin 220 concept was showcased with LED lights, USD front forks and many more premium features that could be missed for an effective ex-showroom price tag of around INR 1.30 lakh.
Zeppelin Cruiser Photos