It has emerged that the boffins at Mahindra Two Wheelers, one of the newest entrants in the highly competitive Indian bike market, are in no mood to rest on their laurels after having launched the much appreciated Centuro commuter bike.
Instead, they intend to continue with their new product onslaught by launching a cut-price, bare basic variant of the Pantero. The upcoming base variant of the Pantero was recently spotted testing outside Mahindra Two Wheelers’s Research and Development facility at Chinchwad, off Pune.
The upcoming Pantero base model would be deprived of the bikini fairing and would get a round headlamp. Apart from this, the cut-price Pantero would also miss out on digital speedo, alloy wheels and the electric starter.
With the launch of the new base model, the Pantero will be sold in as many as five variants and details of current variants are as follows-
- The fully loaded T1 variant has a sticker price of INR 48,990. T1 gets Self Start, Alloys, Digital speedo.
- The T2 variant is on sale for a price of INR 47,990. T2 gets Self Start, Alloys, Analogue speedo.
- The T3 has a selling price of INR 45,690. T3 gets Kick Start, Alloys, Analogue speedo.
- The low end T4 variant has a price of INR 44,690 The T4 variant offers Analog Display, Kick Start and Spoked Wheels.
(All prices are ex-showroom Chennai)
This means that the upcoming variant, which is likely be called as Pantero T5, would be priced significantly lower than the INR 44000 mark and would become one of the lowest priced bikes in the market today.
All the variants of the Pantero are powered by a 107cc four stroke single cylinder engine that has a peak power output of 8.5 PS @ 7,500 rpm and peak torque figure of 8.5 Nm @ 5,500 rpm. The motor is mated to a 4 speed manual gearbox. Mahindra claims that the engine has a fuel efficiency of 79.5 Kmpl.
It would be interesting to see if the upcoming Mahindra Pantero T5 base model would be potent enough to give the entry level bike a better showing on the sales charts.