The Mahindra Arro which is exported to the country of Uganda, has been caught testing in India. The bike may make it to Indian showrooms in the near future.
Whenever a topic with regards to Mahindra’s two-wheeler division comes to light, images of the ever-so-testing Mojo flashes across all our minds. The company which is currently retailing only two motorcycles and a few other scooters in India, has been highly criticized for not launching the flagship Mojo in time. With the Mojo launch nowhere in sight, Mahindra’s name appears to be getting close to shambles.
Following the turbulent time in the Indian market with the Mojo, Mahindra seems to have set its eyes on the high volume, low cost entry level commuter segment. With the company currently retailing the Centuro and Pantero in India, the Arro is one entry level motorcycle that is not available in Indian showrooms, but is instead exported to countries like Uganda for sale. It seems that Mahindra is contemplating to launch the Arro in India as the motorcycle has been caught testing here in a production ready avatar.
The Arro is nothing but a cheaper version of the Pantero. It is powered by the same 106.7 cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, air cooled MCI-5 engine which is found on the Pantero and Centuro as well. This engine is capable of generating 8.5 PS of power at 7500 RPM and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5500 RPM. Mated to a 4-speed transmission, the Arro has a kick start and does not get electric start even as an option.
The low cost bike is also difficult to differentiate from the other motorcycles of the same stable when it comes to comparing the same black plastic cladding on the fuel tank, LED tail lights and pass light switch that can be found on the other two motorcycles as well. But it is highly differentiated with its basic headlamp unit and spoke wheels. A few premium touches like an alarm system and a digital display unit has been kept off the Arro.
The commuter is sold in Uganda for UGX 29,90,000 (approximately Rs. 69,879/-). But, if Mahindra does decide to launch it in India, it is expected to be priced below Rs. 40,000/- and will give competition to the Hero Splendor, Bajaj Platina ES, Honda Dream Neo and the likes.
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