New 2018 TVS Graphite Will compete with Aprilia SR150 upon launch.
The officials at TVS Motors have been awfully busy connecting dots and one should watch out for the future products the company. TVS aims at launching more performance-oriented products over the coming years. The Akula 310 RR marked the start of a revolution with several other performance-oriented products planned ranging from a sports scooter to a full blown 650 cc parallel-twin sports bike. The company also plans to introduce electric two-wheelers in the market soon. Another interesting upcoming new product is the 2018 TVS Graphite.
The 2018 TVS Graphite is based on the concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The Graphite scooter was spotted testing numerous times indicating a launch in the coming months itself. According to reports, multiple variants of the Graphite are expected upon launch with distinguishing features like Disc or Drum brakes. Upon launch, the TVS Graphite will end the monopoly of the Aprilia SR 150, which, right now, is the only performance scooter available in the market.
2018 TVS Graphite Launch Date and Price
We expect TVS to showcase the upcoming performance scooter at the 2018 Auto Expo with sales starting in March 2018. We will update the exact details during official launch at Auto Expo 2018. The 2018 Graphite will be priced competitively but with scarce details pertaining to the engine, we can’t commit to the price yet. If TVS puts a 125 cc engine, the Graphite will be priced between INR 50,000 to INR 60,000 targeting Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125. If the company plans to go for the 150cc engine, then the Graphite will be priced between INR 70,000 to INR 75,000 locking its horns with the Aprilia SR 150.
2018 TVS Graphite Design
The production version of the 2018 TVS Graphite will take cues from the concept. Sharp lines, split grab rails for the pillion, the dual-tone theme will be carried over. The spy shots so far have revealed that the upcoming performance scooter will feature halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights at the bottom. The overall design of the Graphite looks similar to that of the Honda Duo but will instead come loaded with many premium features and a more powerful engine. The headlamp will feature on the apron but will not be centred making the performance scooter stand out of the crowd. The upcoming performance scooter to adorn alloy wheels on both ends with tubeless tyres and pillion footpegs made out of aluminium. The handlebars will feature DRL cum turn indicators. The single unit seat will feature premium materials with contrast stitching. The fuel cap is placed behind the seat for convenient refuelling.
2018 TVS Graphite Specifications and Features
The details pertaining to the powertrain of the upcoming 2018 TVS Graphite are scarce as of now. We expect the engine of the Graphite to be a 150cc unit transferring power via an AMT gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering. The upcoming Graphite performance scooter will benefit from fuel injection technology and hence, will deliver good mileage figures. We expect the performance scooter to deliver a mileage of around 45-50 kmpl according to ARAI riding cycle.
The upcoming 2018 TVS Graphite will feature 30mm telescopic suspension up front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear. Identical to the concept, the product version will sit on an underbone chassis of high-strength steel. Stopping power comes from disc brake at both ends with an option of dual-channel ABS or the additional safety.
|2018 TVS Graphite
|Active LED console
|Bluetooth connectivity with navigation system
|ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
|Split grab-rail for pillion
2018 TVS Graphite Digital Console & Switchgear
The Graphite concept showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo used a rather large active LED screen with multiple information on display including ride data and connectivity options. The console might inherit a Bluetooth connection to the rider’s phone displaying information such as map data and incoming calls. Expect the quality of the switchgear to be top notch and an engine kill switch will be integrated. The concept came with electronic ignition key with engine immobiliser. These features might be carried over but will only be on offer on the disc brake variant.
Stay tuned for latest news on the launch date and price of the 2018 TVS Graphite scooter.