The TVS Zeppelin Concept Cruiser was rumoured to be going into production. Today, they officially announced that Zeppelin will remain a concept.
The Zeppelin Concept was unveiled for the first time at the 2018 Auto Expo. The cruiser drew a lot of attention and continues to make headlines to this day. However, no major developments about any such motorcycle from TVS have been made since its appearance at the biennial auto show three years ago.
Reports of TVS registering a trademark for ‘Zepplin R’ only surfaced on the internet last year. The trademark, interestingly, added the suffix ‘R’ and removed a ‘e’ from the previous moniker. The Zeppelin was renamed Zeppelin R.
The production of a TVS Zeppelin is not planned
According to the most recent information, TVS Motor has no plans to put the Zepplin concept into production. They announced it on their official Instagram account.
TVS Zeppelin was showcased in Auto Expo 2018,” TVS responded when user Anirudh Srinivas inquired about the launch of the Zeppelin motorcycle. It is only a concept vehicle and will not be produced.
A first-of-its-kind hybrid powertrain was featured in the AutoExpo 2018 concept model. A 220cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected engine aided by an electric motor powered the Zeppelin Concept. A 48V Li-ION battery was used in conjunction with a 1200W regenerative assist motor.
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The motorcycle also came with a one-of-a-kind Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), which TVS had already patented. This promised a slew of advantages, including improved all-around performance, increased power when needed, and impressive fuel efficiency.
In terms of design, the Zeppelin concept went for a modern and futuristic look rather than the retro classic look seen on most modern cruisers. An integrated HD camera at the front, a bio-key, internet connectivity, and a lightweight chassis suspended on golden-colored 41mm USD front forks with rear mono-shock suspension were among the key features seen in the Zeppelin Concept.
Segment of entry-level cruisers
Only the Bajaj Avenger is available in the entry-level cruiser segment, and it comes in two versions: 160 Street and 220 Cruise. Yamaha had previously offered the Enticer 125 cruiser, which had the body of a traditional cruiser but was severely underpowered due to the 124cc engine underneath.
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The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is more of a cross between a cruiser and a retro classic motorcycle than a full-fledged contemporary cruiser. More importantly, it becomes out of reach for a large number of people. As a result, a cruiser priced below 350cc could appeal to a much larger audience.
This isn’t to say that there isn’t a market for it. Perhaps buyers are awaiting more choices. A new TVS test mule, which appeared to be a retro 150cc machine, was recently spotted. It is expected to be released later this year, competing with the Yamaha FZ-X.