TVS to Skip Auto Expo 2020; Zeppelin Cruiser Launch Uncertain

With the recent setback faced by the auto industry that led to a major decline in the sales, the upcoming Auto Expo will see the participation of only 3 major two-wheeler brands while the 19 other have decided to skip it. Since TVS Motor is no longer a part of the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 where it was expected to launch the production version of the much-awaited Zeppelin 220, the launch of the cruiser is now uncertain. The brand is yet to comment on the change in plans and there is no recent news on the new date for the launch of the TVS Zeppelin.

TVS Zeppelin Concept
TVS Zeppelin Concept

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.

TVS Zeppelin Concept
TVS Zeppelin Concept

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.

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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.

TVS Zeppelin Concept
TVS Zeppelin Concept

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 BS6-compliant engine. Being positioned in the TVS portfolio above the Apache 200, the TVS Zeppelin is expected to get a price tag of around INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom).

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