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Bajaj Auto revealed the Qute quadricycle at the 2012 Auto Expo and after a long wait, the government also approved the quadricycle as a vehicle category. Now, Cartoq has spotted the CNG variant of the Bajaj Qute being tested on Indian roads. The Bajaj Qute CNG is identical to the regular variant of the quadricycle.
Previously we had reported about Bajaj Auto planning to develop the electric version of the Qute and now the CNG model has been spotted. The Bajaj Qute will be sold as a commercial vehicle in the Indian market when the quadricycle is launched in the country.
The Bajaj Qute CNG is identical to the regular variant of the quadricycle except for the new green colour paint scheme. To distinguish from the regular model, it also gets a CNG sticker on the front and rear windshield. It is the first time that the Qute CNG has been spotted on Indian roads.
The Bajaj Qute draws power from a 216.6cc single-cylinder petrol engine producing 13bhp and 19.6Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Apart from the CNG model, the Qute will be also available in LPG variant.
The tank capacity of the Qute CNG has not been revealed and the power and torque output is expected to be similar to the petrol model of the quadricycle. After the launch of the petrol and CNG variants, Bajaj is planning to introduce the all-electric version of the quadricycle in the country.
Bajaj Auto expects the Qute to replace the three-wheelers in the country as it offers 2+2 seating configuration. The Qute will be also safer than the three-wheelers as it is enclosed with doors. The Bajaj Qute will not be available to private buyers as it will be used as a commercial vehicle. The Qute will be launched after it completes the ARAI homologation.
Thoughts On The Bajaj Qute CNG
Bajaj has been exporting the Qute quadricycle to several foreign markets, but it was unable to sell the vehicle in India due to various reasons. But now, Bajaj is all set to launch the Qute in India. Expect the Bajaj Qute to be launched in the country by the end of this year. The Bajaj Qute is likely to carry a price tag of around Rs 1.5 lakh ex-showroom.