Recently there’s been a sudden surge in messages about the Bajaj Qute quadricycle in India. The messages being circulated on Whatsapp and the videos doing rounds of Youtube claim that Bajaj Auto has launched the world’s cheapest car in India. What gives away the truth is that the quoted price is around Rs 60,000. And coming to think of it, Bajaj Auto charges about the same amount for its entry-level motorcycle.
Messages being circulated suggest that online bookings of the Qute has already started, but there’s no formal announcement from Bajaj on this yet. The company is still entangled in some legal hassles relating to PILs which have been filed by various autorickshaw union leaders, drivers and lawyers to delay the launch of the Qute 4-wheeler. As visible in the image, the vehicle on display isn’t the Bajaj Qute model, but the 2008 concept of Bajaj Lite.
Once Bajaj gets the legal go-ahead, it might launch it in the domestic market as well. Currently, the vehicle is exported to Sri Lanka and Turkey. The export price for Bajaj Qute is $ 2,000 (Rs 1,28,000 approx) which is more than double the price mentioned in the fake messages. ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki software update: Older cars with Smartplay systems get Android Auto
BajajQute Quadricycle is an alternative to the auto rickshaws and its not actually a full fledged car. At heart of the Qute is the 216.6 cc, single cylinder, water cooled, petrol engine which develops a power output of 13.2 PS which can propel to a top speed of 70 kph. The petrol engine is also compatible with CNG and LPG to keep the running cost in check. The length of Bajaj Qute Quadricycle is 2752 mm, width is 1312 mm and height is 1652 mm while the wheelbase is a decent 1925 mm. Also Read: Maruti Suzuki unveils technologically advanced Nexa service centers