India’s fast-growing 125cc scooter market is seeing a flurry of new launches. Suzuki has launched the new Avenis, which is targeted at young buyers.
Priced at Rs 86,700 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Avenis is the company’s third 125cc scooter in the Indian market after the Access 125 and Burgman Street 125. The Access 125 is the best-selling scooter in the segment.
The Suzuki Avenis’ standout appeal is its styling, which is refreshingly sporty and is designed to appeal to young India. The Avenis essentially targets the stylish TVS NTorq 125 which is another strong seller in the 125cc scooter market.
The Avenis gets a host of features such as an external fuel filler cap, full digital display with Bluetooth connectivity. It offers turn-by-turn navigation, incoming call, missed call and SMS alerts. There’s a nifty charging socket as well, located in a cubby behind the front apron.
Access power for Avenis
Underneath the new bodywork, the Avenis shares its chassis and engine with the proven Access 125. It has the same telescopic fork, monoshock setup and the scooter rides on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear wheels. The brake setup is the same as well.
Powering the Avenis is a 125cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that develops 8.7hp at 6,750rpm and 10Nm at 5,500rpm.
Priced at Rs 86,700, the new Suzuki Avenis costs Rs 12,000 more than the base Access 125 but cheaper than the Suzuki Burgman Street that retails at Rs 89,600. TVS NTorq 125 prices begin at Rs 73,270 and go up to Rs 85,025 for the Race XP variant. However, TVS NTorq Race XP's engine develops 10.06hp and 10.8Nm.
The Avenis is available in five colours, including the MotoGP machine-inspired colourway which costs Rs 87,000. Bookings begin in the first week of December 2021 and deliveries shortly after.
Suzuki makes robust gains in scooter market share
Suzuki Motorcycle India, in what is a sterling performance, sold all of 337,817 units, up a handsome 48%, its numbers increasing by 110,096 units from a year ago (April-October 2020: 227,721). Look at the data table below and this volume increase dwarfs both Honda and TVS’ combined 51,171 unit increase. Clearly, Suzuki is doing something right in a difficult market. This strong performance, not surprisingly, sees Suzuki increase its scooter market share by four percentage points to 14% and is the OEM which has made the maximum market share gains in the period under review.