After taking over Kinetic Engineering’s two wheeler business and renaming it as Mahindra Two Wheelers, Mahindra introduced the Stallio 110 as its first product in the big volume commuter motorcycle space in India. The Stallio 110’s time was short lived due to gearbox gremlins, which forced Mahindra to pull the motorcycle off showroom shelves. Ever since, Mahindra Two Wheelers has been working on various improvements to the Stallio 110, and come January 2013 these efforts will culminate into yet another judgement day for the Stallio, which will be renamed as the Panthero 110.
The Mahindra Panthero 110, continues in classic Mahindra tradition, of being named with an O at the end, like every other Mahindra product in town. The only Mahindra products whose names don’t end with the letter O, are the SYM Flyte and Kine automatic scooters. Apart from these exceptions, every other Mahindra product’s name in the two wheeler and passenger car segments end with the letter O. So, the Stallio now becomes the Panthero 110, and we can only hope that the change in name changes the fortunes of this commuter motorcycle and results in better quality levels.
Coming to the changes on the Mahindra Panthero 110, the commuter motorcycle is expected to remain largely unchanged when it comes to the looks as well as the engine. The only changes are expected to be in the badging department, which will replace the Stallio stickers with the Panthero. The engine will continue to be the 110cc, four stroke motor producing 7.3 Bhp of peak power and 8 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be mated to a four speed manual gearbox. Considering these specifications, the Panthero 110 will take on the likes of the Hero MotoCorp Splendor, the Honda Dream Yuga and the Suzuki Hayate.
Apart from the Panthero 110, 2013 could also see another launch from Mahindra Two Wheelers. The Mahindra Mojo 300, which was showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo is one motorcycle that could be launched sometime during next year. The Mojo 300 is a sportsbike that is expected to compete with the Honda CBR250R and the DSK-Hyosung GT250R. The Mojo 300 features a 292cc, single cylinder engine with a DOHC-four valve layout and liquid cooling. First showcased in 2010, the Mahindra Mojo 300 is yet to hit the production floor.
Though Mahindra has been in the two wheeler sector for more than three years now, it is yet to make a lasting impact at the market. Products that are still not fully refined is one cause of concern for the brand, which has been trying to leverage its brand name in cars to sell its two wheeler range. This hasn’t been working so far and the brand will need a very strong product to actually make two wheeler buyers take notice of the Mahindra brand. Mahindra has invested in a new R&D division for its two wheeler business at Pune and the brand will be hoping that this investment delivers the expected results.