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29 Mar, 2017 ,
TVS Motor Co. is already an established player in the scooter segment. Scooty Pep was the first automatic scooter that propelled TVS to overwhelming success in the scooter category. The Scooty Pep was targeted towards women who wanted a light weight and compact automatic scooter to get around the city. The company then came up with Wego which was primarily targeted towards the youth, also became a runaway success. The scooter market is an ever growing space here in India and every manufacturer is trying hard to boost market share. Honda is currently the undisputed champion in the scooter segment, all thanks to the Activa which sells like hotcakes. In response to this, TVS has come forward with its latest warrior called Jupiter with first in class features. But does the Jupiter have what it takes to succeed?
The Jupiter is designed for a wide range of audience and it actually shows. The design can attract buyers across ages and genders. Overall the design feels very homely and practical but we feel the design could have been distinctive. However there are a lot of interesting firsts in the design which truly stands out.
The front apron houses the indicators and an air vent, while the headlamp is placed on the handle bar. The headlight now comes with pilot lamps which look beautiful and light up very well at night. Then there is the informative and readable analogue instrument that shows the rider a speedometer, fuel-gauge, economy or power riding mode indication and low fuel warning. You also get a pass-light flasher which is not common in this segment.
The braking lever feels nice to operate and comes with a lock clamp. Palm grips are very soft and comfortable to grab. The flooring on the Jupiter is very roomy and has a rubberized surface. Then there are hooks provided on the handlebar and below the rider’s seat. The seats are stitched in white, is roomy and comfortable for both pillion and rider.
The rider on this scooter doesn’t have to get up from the seat to refuel as the fuel filler lid is located externally at the back. Storage space is ample for a full sized helmet and is one of the best in class. The tail light is somewhat similar to the ones on the Activa but has clear lens turn signal indicators which lights up well. The 12 inch five spoke alloy wheels are finished in black and looks stylish. The 3D logo and the name badge looks eye-catching.
The fit and finish on the TVS Jupiter is good but not the best if compared to the Honda Activa. The quality of fibre parts could have been better however there are no unwanted panel gaps or fitment issues to complain about.
The TVS Jupiter is mated with a familiar 109.7cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder and air-cooled engine present on the Wego. The engine now starts up quicker during cold mornings thanks to the relatively slippery, friction cutting piston. By revising the ignition timing there is also an improvement in combustion.
The Jupiter churns out 8bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 0.81kgm at 5500rpm.The Jupiter breathes through a viscous paper type air filter and uses carburetor for fueling. Throttle response is peppy and there is enough liveliness in the low end. However, mid-range is where the scooter shines as this is where the meat of the power band lies. The variomatic engine is vibe and stress free but lags behind in refinement and smoothness compared to the Honda Activa. 0-60kph is achieved under 8 seconds and top speed is a decent 90kmph. Overall performance is at par with the competition.
Ride quality on the TVS Jupiter is very good considering the scooter now being equipped with telescopic shocks at the front and gas charged single shock at the rear. Riding position is very comfortable and is similar to the Honda Activa. The scooter feels very agile and light-weight on the move with the steel constructed underbone type frame. The scooter on the whole weighs only 108kgs and is rock-solid on corners.
The 12inch tubeless tyres offer tremendous grip and comes with 90/90 section rubbers for both front and rear. Braking is accurate and doesn’t feel too tight or spongy with the 130mm drum brakes at the front and rear. Seats offer good comfort for short commutes and long drives with good padding. With 150mm ground clearance expect smooth sailing on bumpers and breakers.
The headlamp unit coupled with the pilot lamps on the Jupiter offers excellent visibility at night. Tail lamps and turn indicators illuminate well and looks appealing. There were no issues with the electrical utilities. Wires were neatly tucked in and we did not notice any unwanted dangling on the scooter. Switches and the electric starter worked without any hassles.
Fuel economy is impressive like any other TVS scooter. We got a notable 43kmpl in the city and 47kmpl on the highway.
Service network of TVS although not as large Honda or Hero is on the brighter side and is reliable. Service quality is good and service cost doesn’t put a hole in your pocket. TVS is working on improving the service network here in India though.
TVS has come up with a well rounded package that ticks all the right boxes with good features, comfortable ride quality, impressive fuel efficiency, decent looks and practicality. Although not well equipped like the Honda Activa the Jupiter makes a strong case for itself with a competitive price tag and an improved engine. Overall we loved the Jupiter and TVS has succeeded in bring out a worthy successor to the already impressive Wego.
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