Bajaj Qute is the India’s first ever Quadricycle. As per a report from Overdrive, The Company will be launching it on April 18, 2019. It is already manufactured in India and exported to international markets but now it will be on sale in India also. It was not road legal in India but when Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved this new class of vehicles, this opened the opportunity for Bajaj to introduce a running product into the market and take the first mover advantage.
It is positioned somewhere in between an autorikshaw and a proper 4-wheeler and can be used for commercial as well as personal use. it is powered by a 216 cc, single-cylinder, twin-spark, mono-fuel engine that puts out 13 hp of power at 5500 rpm and 18.9 Nm at 4,000 rpm on petrol and 10 bhp of power and around 16 Nm of peak torque on CNG, while paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is not the thing to look at but it will serve the basic purpose of transportation while protecting from weather.
The company claims that the CNG variant of the quadricycle has a running cost of only INR 1.53/km, which is lower than that of a motorcycle. While the CNG version has a claimed fuel efficiency of 43 km/kg, the petrol version is said to offer 35 km/l.
The Bajaj Qute is made at Bajaj Auto’s facility in Aurangabad. Currently, the company has an annual production capacity of 60,000 units for the Qute.
Priced at INR 2.64 lakh for the petrol version, and INR 2.84 lakh (all prices ex-showroom) for the CNG variant, it is an expensive fare as compared to three wheeled autorikshaws. Only when one gets to use it, then it will be fare to justify the price tag.