For a long time, we all saw some tiny little cars being tested on highways and on city streets. Eventually in September 2015, we found out it was the Bajaj RE 60. The Qute is a production version of the RE 60 and was unveiled in the September of 2015.
Although Bajaj wanted to launch the quadricycle earlier, the needed approvals from the Ministry of Transport and Highways (MoRTH) came only in June 2018. Having said that, the Bajaj Qute is on sale in various international markets, including Turkey and Indonesia. The Made in Aurangabad quadricycle is exported to over 30 countries.
The Bajaj Qute is powered by a 216cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DTSi engine. It produces a maximum power of 13.1bhp @ 5,500rpm and peak torque of 18.9Nm @ 4,000rpm when on petrol. Also available is a CNG variant that produces 10.9bhp @ 5,500rpm and peak torque of 16.1Nm @ 4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed sequential manual transmission.
With a 200cc engine, managing weight is critical, and Bajaj found a way to do that. The Bajaj Qute features fibre doors to keep the weight down. In addition, the quadricycle features drum brakes on all wheels. The interior is basic at best, and does not even have air-conditioning
Weight management helps with overall mileage and Bajaj claim that the petrol variant of the Bajaj Qute offers 35kmpl, while the CNG variant offers 43km/kg. That is a running cost of Rs 1.53 per kilometer.
Speaking about plans for the Bajaj Qute, Prashant R Ahir, Deputy General Manager (Intra-City Business) of Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, "We have already launched the Qute in four states -- Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bhubaneswar in Odisha. We aim to roll out Qute in about 22 states by the end of April this year."
The Bajaj Qute is priced at Rs 2.63 lakh for the petrol variant, and Rs 2.83 lakh for the CNG variant. The quadricycle is available in white, yellow, green, red and blue.
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What We Think Of The Bajaj Qute
We've heard of some folk modifying car engines and running them on motorcycles, but this is the other way around! Bajaj managed to pop a Pulsar engine into a quadricycle. Add to that no air-conditioning. We wonder how well the Qute will do in India, considering it is being sold for commercial use only. Great upgrade from an Auto-Rickshaw, but not as practical.