Piaggio’s sub-brand Aprilia showcased their first-ever “maxi-scooter” Cross-Max concept at the 2020 Auto Expo. Aprilia has been slowly gaining traction in the Indian market with their duo of scooters, the SR125 and SR160. The new concept follows a maxi-scooter design language with comfortable and large seating and broadened footboard. It reminds us of the Aprilia SRV 850 that silently came and went off from Indian shores. It merely was a case of wrong timing.
But, Aprilia is playing it smart this time and is starting from the bottom. The SXR 160 will share its engine with the current SR 160 and thus we can expect the same power figures. Aprilia is taking the same route as Suzuki, of how they went about with the Burgman Street. Aprilia has already updated its 150cc engine to comply with BS6 norms but in that endeavour bumped up the displacement figures and now stands at 160cc.
This will be the most feature-packed scooter in India later this year as it will flaunt a full LCD instrument cluster which will also have smartphone connectivity among the vast list of accessories on offer.
The lighting will be taken care of with LED all around and the twin-pod LED headlight unit looks menacing. The seat is wide and comfortable and will easily support you for long tours as well. Braking duty is taken care of by disc brake upfront and a drum setup at the rear. Expect a tweaked engine setup to balance the extra weight which gets added due to the added size and couplings. But either way, the performance is going to be at par with the Aprilia scooters on offer presently.
Aprilia will launch the SXR 125 along with the SXR 160 later this year. The bookings will commence in August 2020. All aspirants will start getting their share of thrill from September 2020. The SXR duo will be offered in four colour schemes, namely blue, red, white and black. As per the insights, Aprilia is planning to pitch the SXR duo between Vespa and Aprilia SR line-up. So, the pricing will be in between the Rs. 93,000 and Rs. 1.14 lakh. The new BS6 Vespa retails at Rs. 93,000(Ex-showroom Delhi) and tops out at Rs 1.13 lakh. Similarly, the Aprilia SR line-up starts at Rs.93,000 and goes all the way upto Rs.1.14 lakh.
Aprilia is going aggressive with the pricing here but still doesn’t manage to cut it below the likes of Suzuki Burgman Street which is priced at a sweet Rs. 68,000(Ex-Showroom Delhi) But Aprilias have always been premium machines and thus will justify the premium price tag it carries. Maxi-scooters are gaining traction in India and Aprilia chose a very good time to pitch in their part and we are sure that this will not have the same fate as the much underrated Aprilia SRV 850.