Even as the launch of the Bajaj RE60 Quadricycle inches closer, Bajaj Auto continues to test the four wheeler in and around Pune. We managed to spot one such test mule of the RE60. We drove along with the car for quite a while, enough time for us to hear how the Quadricycle sounded and how it accelerated away. The RE60 sounded similar to the Pulsar 200 NS. Well, many Pulsar 200 NS owners won’t be too happy to hear this but then again, that’s how the test mule of the RE60 sounded. This apart, the acceleration of the RE60 was quite peppy with the Quadricycle exhibiting brisk acceleration that definitely seemed better than say, the Tata Magic Iris.
The spyshots also reveal the RE60’s 44 liter luggage compartment under the bonnet. Apart from this luggage space, a couple of cubby holes are expected to make it to the bottom of the passenger seats. The rear of the RE60 won’t have any storage space considering the fact that the engine of this Quadricycle rests there. Talking of the RE60’s engine, the Quadricycle might have more in common with the Pulsar 200 NS than just the exhaust note. The RE60 is powered by a 200cc single cylinder four stroke engine that is liquid cooled. This motor also gets a four valve head and Bajaj Auto’s DTSi twin spark plug technology. Expect the RE60’s petrol engine to produce a peak power somewhere between 16-20 Bhp.
The Quadricycle’s main selling point will be the 35 Kmpl fuel economy is is touted to deliver, a figure that’s significantly higher than that delivered by autorickshaws in India. Bajaj Auto is also lining up a CNG powered version of the RE60, which should cut down running costs even further. The RE60 weighs 400 kilograms and is capable of carrying four adults including the driver. The Quadricycle is expected to be priced close to the INR 1 lakh mark. Bajaj Auto plans to sell the RE60 in export markets before launching this four wheeler in India as the Indian government is yet to come up with a National Quadricycle Policy. The RE60 will be built at Bajaj Auto’s Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra, a factory that also produces the automaker’s range of 3 wheeled Autorickshaws. In the coming years, the RE60 platform will spawn a load carrying pick up variant.