On the sidelines of the updated Aprilia and Vespa scooter launch, an official associated with the company informed us that the scooters will get significant updates soon. These updates will roll in much ahead of the government’s April 2019 deadline. The Indian government mandates that all new vehicles which have rolled out after April 2018 need to have Combined Braking System as standard if they are less than 125cc in capacity. Those above this capacity need to have ABS as standard. This rule though doesn’t apply to facelifts or it is assumed they don’t. Hence the Aprilia and Vespa facelifts don’t feature them.
ABS/CBS on Aprilia and Vespa scooters
The official who didn’t wish to be named, said that the Aprilia and Vespa scooters will get either CBS or ABS depending on the engine’s cubic capacity. Tests are being done on both the models right now to understand their performance. The 150cc models will get a single channel ABS, something which the company is developing exclusively for the Indian market. There will also be a slight increase in price, of course. The company though is evaluating as to how much more will ideally be feasible for its Indian customers.
BS-VI norms on Aprilia and Vespa scooters
Apart from the ABS/CBS mandate, all vehicles rolling out from 2019 should also be BS-VI compliant. Vespa says that it should be BS-VI ready by the end of this year or early next. When asked why they didn’t launch the facelifted versions with BS-VI compliant engines, the official said that they didn’t want to take away the focus from connected tech. To achieve BS-VI compliance, all the Aprilia and Vespa engines will henceforth have fuel injection system as standard. There of course will be additional technology but the details haven’t been disclosed yet.
What does this mean for you as a customer?
The Aprilia as well as Vespa scooters in the future will be more environment friendly and will have more safety technology. Apart from this, there will again be a slight rise in price. It is likely that the Vespa 150 SXL price in India will then be more than Rs 1 lakh, ex-showroom. Given that all the manufacturers have to adopt these practices, the prices more or less will be in a blanket fashion.
No Aprilia RS 150
The delectable and tech laden Aprilia RS 150 showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 isn’t likely to be launched here. The cost of the motorcycle is considered to be an hindrance especially with relation to the engine capacity. At present, the cost is working out to be Rs 1.40 lakh. At this price, it is Rs 16,000 more than the Yamaha R15 V3.0. Aprilia may plonk in a 200 or better still 300cc engine into the same frame and charge around Rs 2 lakh. However, these are speculations at the moment and we will have to wait and see.