Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL), the pioneer Auto Company in India offering last mile city transport connectivity is aiming to launch its small car “Bajaj Qute” in India by this year end as per media reports. This brand is also called by Bajaj as Quadricycle. As per the buzz in the market, the company is expected to get necessary permissions to launch the four wheeler in India. The Qute car has already made its foray in international market, well establishing itself in Turkey and BAL has plans to enter Sri Lanka and fourteen other countries gradually. The launch was delayed in India after it faced many public interest litigations (PILs) related to its safety requirements in Delhi, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu high courts. All the PILs have been clubbed together and now the final verdict is expected from the Supreme Court of India. BAL maintains that the small car meets all the safety test requirements. The car has gone into extensive and very aggressive testing and has not compromised on any of the requirements for passenger safety or on protecting the surroundings.
The car is expected to be cost between 1.2 lacs for the base variant to 2.2 lacs for the top variant.
The Bajaaj Qute carries the attributes of a three wheeler as well as those of a car. It is compact, light weight and claims to have carbon footprints 37% lesser than the smallest car available. It is spacious inside keeping in view the comfort level of the passengers and also offers adequate space for luggage. The car was initially called RE60 and meets all the European Standards and Guidelines of Quadricycle for quality and design. The Quadricycle is equipped with a 216.6cc single cylinder, fuel injected, water cooled, digital tri-spark, 4 valve petrol engine, 13.2 BHP maximum power & 20 Nm peak torque. The car comes in CNG and LPG variants also. It has 5 speed sequential gear shift like motorcycle and has a maximum speed of 70 Kmph while utilizing only 1 litre fuel for 36 km. The vehicle dimensions are; Length: 2752 mm, Width: 1312 mm, Height: 1652 mm, Wheel Base: 1925 mm and a Wheel Track: 1143 mm. The turning Circle Radius 3.5 m of the vehicle is 3.5 m and passenger capacity is 1 (Driver) + 3 passengers.
The patented fuel injected Digital Tri-spark ignition engine delivers C02 emissions of just 66gms/km making it possibly the greenest & leanest 4-wheeler anywhere in the world. Its weighs under 450 kgs only, making it 37% lighter than the smallest car in the market. The company has recently released many videos demonstrating its structural durability, suspension performance, handling efficiency and all forms of abuse in rigorous test conditions.
Keeping in view safety requirements and traffic congestion in cities, the Quadricycle is not likely to be permitted to be used as a private car. The government seems to have made it clear that the Qute car will be allowed to be sold only for commercial use for ferrying people inside city limits. Its use outside the city limits will also not likely to be permitted. Bajaj has created the Quadricycle to replace the three wheelers as they are well balanced and more stable vehicle to drive. The compact dimensions and small turning radius makes it a perfect vehicle for congested city roads and at the same time, enhancing the safety features. Bajaj Qute is bound to attract city passengers who presently use autorikshaws due to lesser pollution and perhaps even cheaper fare.