Coming soon BS-VI Vespa SXL 150
The BS-VI compliant scooters from Vespa will not receive major visual upgrades. The exercise aims to keep the price increase minimal. The source report, however, suggests that we could see a price hike of up to INR 19,000.
Styling cues aren’t very different from the current BS-IV version. Thus, you would find a familiar retro design on the scooter along with features such as chrome highlights around the headlamp and front apron, chrome exhaust shield, front fender garnishing and a flat-style saddle with a belt in the centre. The BS-VI compliant scooter also retains the semi-digital instrument console, although the background for the analogue speedometer is noticeably different on the new model. The layout for the tell-tale indicators and the digital screen remain unaltered.
Hardware specifications, too, remain identical to the BS-IV model, and the latest iteration of the Vespa SXL 150 retains the same suspension and braking setup. The anchoring setup is governed by the safety net of single-channel ABS.
Major changes, however, are done to the engine to make it BS-VI compliant. The 154.8cc single-cylinder motor now features a fuel injection system. Despite adhering to the upcoming emission norms, the retro-style scooter continues to deliver the exact same performance numbers as the outgoing BS-IV product. Thus, the peak power output stands at 10.6 PS, while the max torque is rated at 10.9 Nm.
The source report further adds that the BS-VI compliant products from Aprilia and Vespa will carry a price premium of about INR 19,000 which is massive considering that the scooter does not get a lot of visual and feature upgrades. For reference, the current model retails at INR 1,08,516 (ex-showroom Delhi). Interested buyers can reserve a vehicle for a token amount of INR 1,000 to INR 2,000 depending on the dealership.
The BS-VI Aprilia scooters too should arrive along with the BS-VI Vespa range. Their deliveries also should start from April 2020 onwards.