On the record of sounding like a broken record, I would begin this by saying the Indian automotive industry is indeed tough to crack. A place where many leading manufacturers have failed, yet many have served as undisputed over the course of time.
Mahindra’s two-wheeler division has received a lukewarm response in the Indian two-wheeler space. Even though it was a good product, the last Centuro simply failed to match the sales numbers of the Heros and Hondas of the country.
However, times are about to change. What you see here is the newest from Mahindra’s stable, dubbed just the Centuro this time around. As the pictures suggest, the Centuro is an all-new product. It has a fresh and contemporary design. But more importantly, the talking point of the Centuro is the bevvy of segment-firsts it brings to the table. Here’s what.
Recently upgraded to meet the BS-IV emission standards, the Centuro is powered by a 106.7cc single-cylinder unit that is further mated to a four-speed gearbox. The power and torque figures are 8.4bhp and 8.5Nm, respectively. The throttle response is good and the engine feels just about right to hang around the city. The gearbox is also quite smooth and the shifts are precise and comfortable.
From a commuter segment standpoint, the Mahindra Centuro surely looks like a fresh motorcycle which is sure to appeal to many. As for the dimensions, the Centuro is 2,031mm in length, 735mm in width, and 1,111mm in height. Moreover, the bike has a wheelbase of 1,265mm, ground clearance of 17mm, and seat height of 800mm. The kerb weight is a hefty 126 kg, in comparison to the other bikes in the segment.
Fuel tank capacity
Mahindra officials have revealed the ARAI-certified mileage of the Centuro as 60km/l. The fuel tank capacity, on the other hand, is a respectable 12.7-litre.
For a commuter, the Centuro gets the job done with a nice and pliant suspension setup that soaks up the bump in the city very comfortably. Helping the cause is a telescopic fork setup at the front and a coiled 5-step adjustable setup at the back. The bike is built around double-cradle steel tubular structure frame. The 18-inch wheels are shod with a 2.75×18 tyre at the front and a 3.00×18 tyre at the back. Stopping power comes from 130mm drums as standard.
When it comes to features, the Centuro is loaded to the gills. There is a remote flip key, which uses a Remote-96-bit encrypted system, engine immobilizer, find me lamps, and guide lamps. The instrument cluster also looks from a segment above with an analogue tachometer that sits next to three small digital displays. Also a first for the segment, the taillamp is an LED, although the headlamp misses out on one.
The Mahindra Centuro, as of 2020, is available in three shades: Black, Silver, and Red. The Black shade looks the best, although the stickers blend in better with the shades on the other two.
As of early-2020, the Mahindra Centuro is available in three variants. The price for the Rockstar variant is Rs. 50,285, price for the NXT variant is Rs. 55,445, and price for the Disc Brake variant is Rs. 56,285 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road prices, vehicle maintenance,head over to autoX.
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