TVS Zeppelin is the cruiser motorcycle that was showcased back in 2018 Auto Expo. The showcased model was the concept model but we expect the production to be 70-80 per cent similar to the concept as TVS has proved it in their previous concept to a production model. There has been no talk from the company about this cruiser motorbike since the 2018 Auto Expo. So let’s see if the wait for the TVS cruiser is worth or not?
What makes the design different?
TVS has been consistently breaking their records in terms of design, the TVS Zeppelin will be no exception. The bike as a concept looks a spectacular cruiser. It gets a long tank unit, premium looking headlamp unit and a long-wheelbase along with a cruiser stance. Along with that the bike also has very nicely finished panels that mesh quite nicely. The bike looks like a bigger and premium cruiser motorcycles.
TVS Zeppelin – Engine and Performance
The TVS Zeppelin cruiser will be equipped with a 220 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine, oil-cooled engine. The concept model has the liquid cooler, but the liquid-cooler will make the bike on the expensive side, so the bike has a lot more possibility to come with the oil-cooler. The engine will be a bored-out version of the TVS Apache’s 197.5 cc engine. So we can assume the power output around 20-22 bhp max and torque output around 18 Nm of a peak. The engine will come mated with 5-speed gearbox and slipper clutch. The bike is supposed to have better performance compared to its rival.
TVS Zeppelin – Unique Features
The bike will have all-LED headlamp and tail lamps, if it comes with an LED indicator, then it will be the first in the segment to offer it. The instrument cluster is expected with at least semi-digital instrument cluster or might have the same instrument cluster as of Apache 200 RTR 4V. The bike is supposed to get the side-stand engine inhibitor as a standard safety feature. Also there will dual-channel ABS to be in competition.
The bike is expected to sit on the 17-inch front wheel and 15-inch rear wheels, both of them spoke type. The braking duty is supposed to get managed by Apache 200’s 270 mm disc at the front and 240 mm disc at the rear. The brakes are supposed to be assisted with single-channel ABS. The concept model was equipped with USD forks at the front, which is suspicious as it will trigger the pricing so it might be getting replaced with conventional forks in the production-spec. The rear suspension will be a mono-shock suspension which is quite nicely hidden to improve aesthetic appeal. Along with the front USD forks, the belt drive is also likely to be replaced with conventional chain drive.
Price and Launch Date
TVS is always known for its attractive pricing. So we can expect the pricing to be started at Rs 1.2-1.25 lakhs (ex-showroom). The launch should take place around the end of the year 2020. With all the expected features and pricing, it is a worth to wait for motorcycle. It competes against the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 and Royal Enfield Thunderbird (upcoming Meteor) TVS after the launch of 220 cc Zeppelin might also consider the smaller 160 cc version.
All this brings us to our question, Why should you wait for it? In our opinion the bike different from the cruiser style that we have been seeing in the market. Also, TVS as a company has been giving out quite impressive products in the market. And all this might come for a very reasonable price as their other products are. So all in all the wait will be worth it.