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by Umang Pal, Oct 12, 2020, 5:22:51 PM | 3 minutes |

Zeppelin: the awesome cruiser from TVS | upcoming bike

The bike has the typical, relaxed cruiser stance and, particularly in its brown and matt black shades, looks striking. The bicycle's overall design is rather contemporary and it feels well-finished. The retro-styled fuel tank and the flat-track style handlebar contribute to the look.

The new TVS Zeppelin seen at the Motor Show was powered by a 220 cc engine coupled with a 48-volt Li-ion battery with a 1,200-watt regenerative assist motor. This, TVS claims, contributes to the bike's overall output and, when required, provides 20 percent more torque. The bike also gets an incorporated starter generator or ISG, which allows the bike to start early, giving it a boost.

TVS currently has a large gap between 110cc and 160cc bikes in its product portfolio and may therefore want to bridge it with a 125cc bike. In its line-up years ago, TVS already had the Victor GLX 125 and the same could return in a modern avatar by 2020.

At the same time, TVS has yet to launch the new Scooty Zest 110 BS6 in India and the company has been teasing it on its official website for quite some time.

TVS Zeppelin looks muscular and confident, adding the macho look by flaunting those chiseled lines on the fuel tank. The bike also receives USD forks (up-side-down), upfront and rear mono-shock, assisted by dual-channel ABS, and the bike's final drive is via a belt as opposed to a chain. LED headlamps, a bio-electric key, a digital speedometer, online connectivity, and an HD-action camera, also mounted on the headlamp nacelle, are also other features of the bike.

TVS Zeppelin's price is expected to be between Rs. 1.2 to 2 Lakh and TVS Zeppelin's planned launch date is Dec 2020. A 220 cc motor coupled with a 1,200-watt regenerative assist motor with a 48-volt Li-ion battery could power it.

The configuration is similar to the mild-hybrid system of Maruti Ciaz and is said to assist in acceleration and fuel saving. Using a final belt drive, the engine transfers power to the rear wheel. The Zeppelin concept rides on an inverted fork and a mono-shock with a premium 41 mm gold finish. The brakes include a front disc with a radial caliper and a rear petal disc. The motorcycle rolls on tubeless tire-wrapped spoke wheels.

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