Key Specs of Piaggio Ape
July 27, 2019: The Piaggio Ape line of three-wheelers has been around for twenty years in India. And in all these years Piaggio Ape has not only fought bigger players and established itself, but also continues to have a mark in the presence of newer rivals as well. What has benefitted the Piaggio Ape over the years is a fairly well-defined range of products in both people mover and cargo carrying segments. The Ape line of three wheelers are among the major sub 1 ton three wheelers in the market.
The Piaggio Ape range of vehicles includes, the Ape High Body, Ape Xtra, and the Ape City Xtra. The former can also be specced in a variety of body styles under the brand’s Customized section. The main difference between the three arrives in the form of payload capacity, the smaller one being the Piaggio Ape City Xtra with a payload of 250kg and a GVW of 670kg. The bigger Piaggio Ape Xtra LDX has a payload rated at 537kg and a GVW of 975kg.
The Piaggio Ape Xtra LDX is powered by a single cylinder, water-cooled 435.6 cc engine that makes 8.04 bhp at 3600 rpm and 21 Nm of peak torque. It offers a maximum gradability of 25.21 per cent and a fuel tank capacity of 10.5 liters. The 3145-mm-long three-wheeler also boasts a loading area that’s 1660 mm long and 1400 mm wide. The smaller Ape City Xtra, on the other hand, is powered by a much smaller 197 cc engine (available in petrol, CNG, and LPG) which makes 7.9 bhp and 17.7 Nm (the figures vary depending on the fuel used). The loading deck for the Piaggio Ape City Xtra is 1300 mm long and 1300 mm wide.
Piaggio Ape Price List
Piaggio Ape Comparision with Similar Mini Truck
Piaggio Ape - Expert Review
Piaggio Ape is referred to as India’s leading three-wheeler LCV (Light Commercial Vehicles). The vehicle is based on a Vespa scooter and is highly recommended by small business owners for its superb performance.
The Ape was first launched way back in 1948 at the end of World War II to fulfil the transport needs. It comes in many configurations and is used for different purposes, be it for light cargo movement or goods carriage.
The small truck has scooter-styled handlebars for its three-wheeler body and was originally designed for one person, though it can accommodate a passenger in the cab now. This affordable vehicle is easy to be operated and is offered in seven body colour options, such as orange, green, blue, white, yellow, and red.
Recently Piaggio launched a new range of the Ape in Gujarat with a water-cooled engine, including the Ape Xtra LDX and Ape. The newest range priced from Rs. 2.13 lakhs to Rs. 2.18 lakhs (ex-showroom prices).
- Engine - DI 0.4-litre water-cooled single cylinder
- Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) - 975 kg
- Wheelbase - 2100 mm
- Power steering - No (Handlebar steering)
Engine and Performance
The Piaggio Ape mini truck is powered by a 0.4-litre water-cooled, single cylinder BS-IV compliant engine that can churn out a maximum power of 8.04 bhp at 3,400 rpm, along with the highest torque of 22.2 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The produced power is channelled through a 4-speed manual gearbox with the help of a multi-disc wet type clutch.
Though the power and torque seem to be a little too low, the dimension and weight allow it to have decent performance. The fuel efficiency is also on the better side as the engine returns with a mileage of around 36 kmpl.
Vehicle Built and Load Capacity
The Piaggio Ape is generally used to carry loads light like food items and more on both urban roads and hilly roads. Hence, the cargo deck is decently sized and there is a day cabin too. Though the cabin looks a little small, it can accommodate a co-driver along with the driver. The three-wheeler truck has an overall length of 3,110 mm, while the wheelbase stands at 2,100 mm.
The gross vehicle weight is on the lighter side with 975 kilograms. This makes for 481 kilograms of kerb weight and 494 kilograms of maximum payload capacity.
Handling and Suspension
The Piaggio Ape has an off-road gradeability of 18%, which is decent for a three-wheeler mini truck with such a setup. It comes with 165 mm of ground clearance, which works decently on bumpy and bad roads. However, off-roading is not an option here.
The mini truck features Helical spring with a hydraulic telescopic shock absorber at a front wheel, while on the rear wheel, there is a Rubber Compression with a hydraulic telescopic shock absorber. The suspension does not have a lot of travel, especially on the front wheel. However, the stiffer suspension setup helps the truck to maintain stability on the road as anything more bouncy would get it off its wheels.
Braking and Safety
The Piaggio Ape gets disc brakes doing the stopping duties. The brakes are pretty good and are in-line with the kind of power and weight that the mini truck possesses. And just like anyone would imagine, it does not have ABS for its brakes. However, parking brakes is a very worthy addition.
The mini truck does not have very rich safety equipment and it cannot be blamed as well. The extremely low price tag and small build take away the inclusion of seat belts and the truck does well without.
Design and Comfort
The Piaggio Ape three-wheeler mini truck isn’t the most attractive looking model but it gets the job done. There are extra additional mudguards for all the wheels. The suspension setup is better and is tuned just enough to keep the road stability intact.
Inside the day cabin, there is just a D+1 that isn’t the most spacious of the lot but good enough for short city hauls. The handle-type steering makes it easy to pass through busy city roads and stuffed streets.
Piaggio Ape User Reviews
I highly recommend buying this truck
Pros: Good and easy to drive in city traffic. Best in class milage. Lower maintanace cost. Value for money. Easy o...
I highly recommend buying this truck
Piaggio ape is the very Good truck for picking up Materials and routine work, it is a very cost effective truck and Pic...
- 01:04 minsWatch Video on Piaggio’s Extensive 3-Wheeler CargoOct 30, 2015