Bajaj RE60 Mini Public Passenger Carrier

Bajaj Auto on Tuesday launched its first four wheeler; in the form of the RE60-which the company has termed as a "Public Passenger Carrier", rather than a car. The price of this new vehicle will be announced at its formal launch a few months from now. Touted as a rival of the Tata Nano, the RE60 is being considered a suitable replacement for lakhs of three wheelers-offering more safety and stability as an urban mobility option.

Rajiv Bajaj, the company's Managing Director, has said that it did not wish to make a car. The RE60 base model comes with an integrated fair meter in the dashboard.

Powered by a 200 cc engine that churns out around 20 bhp power, this four seater is the smallest four wheel vehicle yet and boasts of a surprising fuel economy of 35 kilometers per mile. The vehicle is also environment friendly with a CO2 emission of 60 grams per kilometer.

Designed in house with intra-city duty cycles and safety requirements, the RE60 will be sold through its network of three- wheeler dealerships. Bajaj estimates exploring RE60 to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and even Africa and Latin America, where there are low affordability levels.

Comparison between RE60, Tata Nano and Maruti Alto

ComparisonBajaj RE 60Tata NanoMaruti Alto
DimensionHeight: 1,312 mm1.6 m1460 mm
 Length: 2,752 mm 3.1 m3495 mm
 Width: 1,650 mm1.5 m1475 mm
SpeedMaximum speed 70 kphTop speed 105 kmphTop speed 137 km/h
Seating Capacity2+2 or 1+3 persons2+2 or 1+3 persons5 Persons
PriceExpected between INR 1-2 Lakhs INR 1 LakhINR 3- 3.5 Lakhs
Engine Specifications200CC, 4-stroke engine.2-cylinder, 624 cc engine3 cylinders, FC Engine, MPFI, 4 Valves per cylinder
Maximum power20 bhp33 bhp47 bhp
Engine positionRear mounted engineRear mounted engineTransversal front engine
Fuel Supply4 valve, fuel injected, liquid cooled affairMulti point fuel injection petrol supply.MPFI (Multi Point Fuel Injection) fuel supply system
Type of fuel usedPetrolPetrolPetrol
Kerb Weight400 kg (lightweight)600-635 kg720 kg
Turning radius3.5 meters4 meters4.6 meters

Last Updated on 1/31/2012