The Hindu Business Line : Scooterette competition crystallises with Kristal

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Bajaj Kristal DTS-i

Bajaj is banking on the novel fresh design and youthful of its new scooterette, the Kristal, to make into this segment of the market.

KRISTAL, BAJAJ’S scooterette. — S. Muralidhar

It is that the company whose was once synonymous with now barely has a presence in that

There was a time when the Bajaj’ campaign conjured up the of a cheery Indian family the company’s then ubiquitous scooter. But for the current generation. is more of a bike manufacturer has just a couple of scooters and in its portfolio for merely marking its in this currently stagnating of two-wheelers.

Scooter and scooterette zoomed quite unexpectedly six ago and the that found willing were not the traditional, geared, conventional scooters of the previous but the new-age gearless, variomatic Though the Honda Activa has the only blockbuster hit of the last six there have been notable variomatic scooters have also had a fair under the arc lights.

But after the few of scorching sales, the growth of scooters and scooterettes has been with the total sales the nine-month period ended 2006 being an abysmal one per Even as the overall picture is owing to the fall in sales in the to 250cc category, the 75cc scooter and scooterette segment has not poorly at all. Sales in this category has been at about 17 per cent.

Bajaj has had quite a few products in segment in the last six years or so. The Sunny, Sunny Spice and the selling Wave DTS-i had mixed successes, with the being the model that got the most in terms of volumes. the Bajaj Wave having its of positive attributes, the model has not able to seriously dent the of the segment leader — Activa.

Instead, again Hero Honda, a company never had a presence in this of two-wheelers, has met with considerable with its first offering the Pleasure.

Kristal Clear

by the relatively unflattering performance of the Bajaj has lined up a couple of new and scooterettes that will be with new technology and features should help the company on the competition with new verve. The to hit the market will be the Kristal, will be available nationwide next week.

The Kristal is clearly a fresh in terms of design, but it still to have drawn on the Safire for of its lines. A sharp, simple profile gives the Kristal its recognisable new-age scooterette Headlamp with a pilot is mounted on the handlebar and is V-shaped to the contours of the handlebar.

Aerodynamic mirrors, vertically oriented and the Bajaj (in chrome) and Kristal round off the front view of new scooterette. Unpainted matt-black side panels at the front is an and practical feature that save Kristal owners a few nicks and scratches in crowded parking conditions.

Housed the handlebar panels is a simple, but instrument cluster that a fuel gauge, speedometer, distance counter, and indicators for the turn lights and for the high-beam. grips, made of soft and rubber, have been to give the rider a comfortable An accelerator lock, which can be with the scooterette’s key, is for added safety.


Three novel in the new Kristal include a mix of new technology and features that will be by prospective buyers, especially First, the fuel tank is under the floor or footboard of the usual `under the seat’ and the engine’.

Thanks to the new position of the tank, Bajaj has been to locate the fuel filling at the front. The fuel tank cap is now to the of the handlebar right opposite to the lock. Now, unlike scooterette owners, Kristal will not be required to get off and lift up the to fill fuel.

Steel and cross bars protect the tank under the floorboard.

The novelty in the Kristal is the automatic A sensor detects low light and switches on the pilot or parking bulb. This also up the instrument cluster, prompting the to also turn on the main bulb.

New chunky, colourful, easy-to-use have been introduced to the youth appeal of this With the fuel tank not the seat, the Kristal’s under-seat area is a large 22 litres. and close sensors for the seat feature a beeper and a bulb to up the storage area.

Bajaj Kristal DTS-i

The third feature in the Kristal is the multi-control lock that also up as the opener for the fuel lid and the seat. So, to the fuel tank lid at the petrol and to access the under-seat storage the same key needs to be pressed and twisted clockwise or anti-clockwise, and the pop open.

The Kristal’s broad and seat makes it relatively and supportive. Painted and matt-finished panels at the rear complete the looks of the scooterette. Square, but rear tail-lamp cluster and a alloy grab rail up the rear profile of the two-wheeler.


The Kristal’s new engine is a unit, which puts out a power of 7.2 PS at 7,500 rpm and a maximum of 7.7Nm at 5,500 rpm. is adequate power and torque, to Bajaj’s in-house (by now time-tested) such as digital twin ignition (DTS-i) and the torque chamber — ExhausTEC. One in-house technology in use is the SNS (spring-in-spring) that we first saw in the Bajaj

The Kristal also features a variomatic gearbox.

The Kristal’s is a tad above its direct competitor TVS Scooty Pep+. The top speed we on our test ride was about 75 Vibration transfer is well during speeding, but at idling is still considerable vibration, the handlebar grips do a good job of much of it.


The Kristal’s competitor, the TVS Scooty Pep+, has a engine that puts out 5bhp of peak power at rpm. The build quality of the scooterettes is similar. The Kristal features an electrically operated pump/feeder for easier cold-engine

This makes starting more consistent, and has enabled do away with the choke.

The has to rely on its novelty and possibly a edge over its competitor in the department. The differences between the two to just these two. are targeted at the modern Indian

The price difference between the two will be about Rs 1,800. At Rs 35,000, the Kristal will takers but it still will be a climb, as the TVS Scooty Pep+ has had an head-start.

Bajaj Kristal DTS-i
Bajaj Kristal DTS-i
Bajaj Kristal DTS-i
Bajaj Kristal DTS-i

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