The launch of bajaj kristal
The win over Hero Honda (remains the market leader in 100cc segment) in 125cc (with Bajaj discover) and 150cc (with Bajaj pulsar) motorcycle (geared ones) segment does not come without a compromise for Bajaj, it loss it’s scooterette market (once Bajaj Chetak was known as scooter of
Kristal and its peers?
Honda entered the scooterette market with the 102-cc gearless Activa in 2001. Activa is the market leader in the segment and sells nearly 28,000 units a month. Hero Honda rolled out its first 100cc gearless scooter the “Pleasure” across
Scooterette are widely used by ladies, hence it demands greater style, light weight, hassle free, greater comfort, good luggage space for shopping compromises can be made on power, mileage and price for the sake of rest.
Kristal features DTSi (digital twin spark ignition), exhausTEC (torque expansion chamber) and SNS (spring-in spring) suspension system.
Ride and comfort:
The Kristal’s engine is a 95cc DTSi unit, which puts out a peak power of 7.2 PS at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.7Nm at 5,500 rpm. DTS-i to have a delightful throttle response and hitch-less power delivery. With ExhausTEC and DTSi Kristal provides better fuel efficiency and smoother ride. The Kristal also features a one-speed variomatic gearbox. Kristal clocks a top speed of about 75 kmph. Kristal is on par with its peers scooty pep plus and HH pleasure to offer a combined mileage of 48kpl and with SNS kristal economises your visits to the doctor too.
Kristal features leading link with co-axial shock absorber &spring at the front and SNS at the back. SNS is nothing but having two springs instead of one and the springs are intelligent enough to differentiate and absorb larger and smaller bumps. SNS serves dual function a better ride and reduced back problems.Kristal’s broad and soft-foam seat makes it comfortable and supportive. Handlebar grips, made of soft and durable rubber, have been designed to give the rider a comfortable feel. Vibration transfer is well contained during speeding, but at idling there is still considerable vibration, though the handlebar grips do a good job of dampening much of it.
When comes to design practicality predominates the style. Thoughtfully made plastic panels at the front are practical enough to save your scooter from scratches. Instrument cluster features a fuel gauge, speedometer, analog distance counter, indicators for the side stand, turn lights and for the high-beam. Kristal weighs about 99 kg and with ground clearance of 131mm makes it easy to handle. With the widest wheelbase (highest in its class) of 1250 mm it makes lot of foot space. With an under seat storage space of 22 litres and an appreciable front glove box space make Kristal a shopping bike.
It is the special features which make the vehicle a cut over the rest and are good enough to lure the ladies. Kristal does away with the choke it features an electrically operated fuel pump/feeder which eases the starting engine at cold condition. It has the unique Front Fueling system that ensures a convenient refueling to the rider by avoiding the bother of getting off the vehicle while re-fuelling. Kristal provides automatic headlamp controlled by a sensor which senses low light conditions and switches on the parking lamp and it also lights up the instrument cluster, prompting the rider to also turn on the main headlamp. Penta-lock (five) facility –ignition lock, petrol tank cap, side lock, accelerator lock and seat lock shows the producer interest on practicality of the Kristal. A bulb to light up the storage area (only offered in scooty pep plus) and a beeper prevents the seat from accidentally closing at a fuel station and protects your child from crushing fingers. Accelerator lock and side stand alarm offers you better safety.
Summing it up…
Is it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your dear ones? With a competitive price tag of Rs 40,070-on the road. It seems to be!
Kristal is offered in red, black, blue and silver colours (check the availability in your nearby showroom) against HH pleasure offered in eight colours. Bajaj Auto was hoping to sell 10,000 Kristal a month within six months of its launch. But it may not be easy with peers like Hero Honda which launched 22 first ever women-exclusive scooter showrooms “Just4her” across the country to lure women customers and TVS for its part has launched an exclusive web for girls http://www.scootygals.com/
But Bajaj seems to be mute (where is the hoodibaba Marketing!) I find it difficult even to get the correct technical specification on the web. To do the magic once again! Bajaj requires will.
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