Piaggio BS6 three-wheeler range explored!
Published On Mar 18, 2020
The leader in the cargo segment of the three-wheelers is ready with robust BS6 offerings ahead of the deadline. We get you the details on the BS6 range-both cargo and passenger variants
Piaggio Vehicle is one of the prominent three-wheeler makers in India in the passenger and cargo segment. Over the years, it has created a dominating and formidable position in the cargo segment with its popular Ape range of 3Ws. They are synonymous with the last-mile delivery and distribution across Indian cities, town and villages with a strong market share of over 45% in cargo 3W in India.
The company is among the first manufacturers to introduce its BS6 of 3Ws into the market with its performance range of CNG, LPG, Petrol and diesel engines. It is offering a wider choice to customers of its BS6 vehicles with an assurance of higher mileage and lower maintenance cost both critical for the profitability of 3W owner. The BS6 range now comes with extra-long deck to carry higher volume and more loads, strong vehicle platform for durability with long wheelbase for overall superior driveability and vehicle stability with an excellent combination of aggregates for overall robustness of the vehicle.
Piaggio has the widest offering in the cargo 3W targeted at all kinds of applications including soft drink, cylinder carrier, mineral water, milk, water, diesel, perishable, special applications such as tipper, garbage, vegetable, grocery, mobile shop among other.
Over the decades in India, Piaggio’s vehicle development and design approach are flexible to offer customize and adaptable vehicles of a variety of load and shipment needs. Its long and deeper understanding of Indian consumer, the needs and operating conditions offers an advantage in developing superior products.
What also helps Piaggio is the strong brand awareness, proven track record of quality products and established range of 3W in the minds of three-wheeler customers in India. On top of this, the company has built a remarkable distribution network across the length and breadth of India, reaching the remotest places by making available its 3Ws.
Let's look at the BS6 product:
Ape City, the passenger carrier from the company, comes in CNG and LPG variant of BS6 engine. Piaggio promises comfortable riding, superior power and pickup and importantly high mileage for its customers. The engine is a forced air-cooled 230 cc-power with multi-plate wet type clutch and constant mesh gearbox. The CNG variant maximum power is 8.85 HP @4700 rpm with 14.8 Nm of torque. The LPG gets slightly higher 9.52 HP of power @4500 rpm with 17.65 Nm of torque.
Both these vehicles get hydraulic telescopic shock absorber with helical compression spring with damper at the front and rear. The steering is handlebar type and drum brakes hydraulically actuated internal expanding shoe type. The GVW of CNG and LPG variant is 722 kg and 691 kg, respectively with a seating capacity of 3+ drivers.
Ape Auto DX
This is a slightly higher and wider body passenger version of the three-wheelers with the diesel-only BS6 powertrain. The key highlights of this auto rickshaw include a powerful diesel engine that gives higher torque for better pickup and greater speed. The constant-mesh gearbox is equipped with 5+1 gears for smooth driving. Piaggio promises lower maintenance on this rickshaw for its customers to earn more every trip.
The Ape Auto DX gets a single cylinder 597 CC naturally aspirated, water-cooled, direct injection electronic fuel injection engine. It comes with 9.39 HP of power with higher torque of 23.5 Nm. The Auto DX is a bigger rickshaw than the regular ones and hence gets higher GVW of 780 kg with a payload of 540 kg.
Ape Xtra LDX
Piaggio claims Xtra LDX is the most reliable 3W in India, which now gets the most modern BS6 engine. It is built keeping in mind the variety of load carrying needs of small transporters to enable faster speed and quicker delivery at the last mile.
This cargo carrier variant comes in diesel powertrain with all the critical attributes for a strong auto with higher pulling power. Considering the stringent and rigorous operating conditions, the Ape Xtra LDX engine gives higher torque which is useful in climbing flyovers in a city or even stepper rural roads.
Equally important is the superior ground clearance, which helps in smooth drive even on rough and rural roads. All key features include a durable aluminum clutch, 5+1 gearbox with lesser fatigue even during long hours and higher speed at lower RPM. Piaggio promises lower maintenance costs for this popular cargo 3W with the aim of more profits to its owners.
The Ape LDX gets a 599 CC single-cylinder water-cooled 9.4 HP of power engine with higher torque of 23.5 Nm. Its GVW is 975 kg and the payload of approximately 510-520 kg, which is reasonable for small transporters' needs.
All the cargo and passenger vehicles of Piaggio 3W range comes with the standard 36 months super warranty and 1-year super saver maintenance-free service. This along with parts availability and complete after-sales support at its touchpoints across the country.
Visit the nearest Piaggio dealership to know the price of BS6 models and experience the vehicles.