Leg­end re­born

Ba­jaj rein­car­nates the Chetak after a gap of 14 years al­beit in an elec­tric form

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WITH THE EX­CEP­TION OF THE mil­len­ni­als, al­most all of us were en­am­oured by the Ba­jaj Chetak TVC that ran on the telly dur­ing the 90s. Ba­jaj is clev­erly play­ing the ‘emo­tional’ card by bring­ing back the Chetak scooter but in a mod­ern and up-to-date form which is also fu­ture proof. Yes, start­ing Jan­uary 2020, Ba­jaj will start sell­ing the Chetak sans its ICE, and pow­ered by a 4kW bat­tery. The Chetak looks de­sir­able with its ne­o­retro charm thanks to an all-metal body and a digital clus­ter. It may not be a high-spec con­sole like the Ather’s but we ex­pect the Chetak to be priced un­der a lakh ru­pees, un­like the Ather 450. Ba­jaj claims a range of 85km in Sport mode and 95km in Eco. Like most of the other elec­tric scoot­ers, it gets a re­verse crawl func­tion too. Adding to the pre­mium-ness are sweep­ing in­di­ca­tors and soft-touch con­trols which have a neat, pi­ano fin­ish. It also gets typ­i­cal elec­tric scooter func­tions in­clud­ing geo-fenc­ing and ser­vice alerts via app con­nec­tiv­ity. We can con­firm that it gets a front disc and rear drum setup to keep costs in check. Want one? Ba­jaj will be start­ing to roll out the scoot­ers from Pune at the Pro­bik­ing deal­er­ships, along with KTMs which will soon be joined by Husq­var­nas.

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