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