TVS Jupiter, unveiled in Chennai, will make its way across India starting from the North of India. The scooter was launched in Chandigarh recently for a price of Rs 44,200. The bike is being targeted at male buyers and allows TVS to complete scooter lineup.
TVS Jupiter belongs to a new generation of scooters. Packed with a bevy of features, not found in most other scooters of its class, it also offers ample leg rest space and boasts of class leading mileage, when driven in ‘Eco' mode. Here's a detailed look at the all new TVS Jupiter.
TVS Jupiter sets a good first impression with its stylish, yet simple frontal design. Most prominent are the attractive twin ‘city lamps', accentuated by stylishly sculpted body lines. The ‘V' shaped mesh insert is a nice touch.
The headlights are standard 12V, 35W multi-reflector halogen lamps, with twin pilot lamps on either sides.
tail lamp cluster
The rear/brake lamp cluster uses low power (1.5W) LED lamps, which also add to the style factor.
External fuel filler
Positioned right above the rear lamp cluster is the external fuel tank fill. A common feature among all TVS scooters, not having to open the under seat storage to fill fuel can prove to be extremely convenient.
The 1275 mm footboard, TVS claims, is the most spacious among scooters of its class. Like its smaller sibling, TVS Scooty Streak, it can easily fit an LPG cylinder on the footboard.
The retractable bag hooks, in conjunction with the spacious footboard area offers added convenience while carrying luggage at the front.
Stylish alloy wheels
TVS has done the right thing in borrowing the Wego's 12 inch alloy wheels. The matte black wheels gels well with the offered body colors and exudes sportiness. Also noticeable is the ‘V' shaped mesh grill air intake, similar to the one found at the front.
The tubeless tyres measuring 90/90-12 are also from the Wego and so are the 130 mm drum brakes.
The Wego offers superior ride quality when compared to other scooters in its class, especially the Activa. The Jupiter, which is the same as the Wego underneath the new body, comes with the same telescopic suspension at the front and uses hydraulic, gas filled suspension at the rear.
TVS Jupiter measures 1834 mm long overall and its 150 mm ground clearance will allow a worry free ride, even with a pillion rider on board. The turning radius of 1910 mm cannot compare with the Activa's 1,500 mm figure though.
The Jupiter comes with the longest list of features among Indian scooters. To start with, the all analog instrument panel has a low fuel indicator lamp and a patented ‘Econometer' to help riders maintain optimum speed to extract the max possible fuel economy.
TVS Jupiter is also the only scooter to feature a dedicated pass light switch.
The key insert comes with shutter lock like in the Activa. The fuel tank filler cap uses the same key.
Mobile charging point
The 17 liter under seat storage is large enough to store a full face helmet. What's more, there is also a charging point to fuel your mobile phone on the go.
The 109 cc engine from the Wego may not be as refined as Honda's, but it comes very close. It generates 7.88 HP @ 7,500 rpm and 8 Nm torque at 5,500 rpm. The CVT gearbox manages a 0-60 km/h time of 7.2 seconds, which may not win you any race, but you'll still be one of the fastest off the mark when the traffic light goes green.
TVS claims a class leading mileage of 62 kmpl, which, at least on paper is the highest offered by any other scooter in India. But if you try hard and restrict speed to keep the green ‘Eco' lamp glowing, one should still be able to achieve a figure in the range of 50 kmpl during city driving.
TVS Jupiter is offered in four colours - grey, white, red and black. The grey model looks the most appealing to our eyes.
Let us now see how the TVS Jupiter fares against other scooters from its class in terms of mileage.
All Honda scooters
All Honda 110cc category scooters, including Dio and Aviator have a claimed mileage of 60 kmpl. Activa manages an average actual mileage of about 49 kmpl.
Suzuki Swish & Access
While the claimed mileage is 57 kmpl, expect the Swish and Access to deliver around 45 kmpl in city and 50 kmpl on road.
Mahindra cites an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 56 kmpl. Actual mileage delivered can be expected to be in the region of 45 kmpl in the city.
Maestro has the lowest claimed mileage of just 50 kmpl. The actual mileage during city driving could be as low as 35 kmpl. With careful driving you could manage to extract 40 kmpl out of a liter of petrol.