Bajaj Auto on Thursday launched, the Bajaj Qute which is its first quadricycle in Maharashtra. Bajaj Auto has been manufacturing the Qute in India for a while now for export markets and it will be launched across India in a phased manner. The starting price of ₹ 2.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). After Rajasthan, Kerala, UP, and Odisha, Maharashtra is the fifth state to get this new quadricycle.
Bajaj Auto’s new Qute is also the country's first ever quadricycle and is offered in both petrol and CNG option with the latter being priced in India at ₹ 2.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). The new Bajaj Qute quadricycle bridges the gap between a three-wheeler rickshaw and a proper four-wheeler, could possibly be a replacement for the former.
Talking about design and utility, the new Bajaj Qute is slightly bigger than a regular auto rickshaw from Bajaj, measuring 2750 mm in length, 1312 mm in width, and 1652 mm in height. The Bajaj Qute is powered by a rear-mounted 216 cc, single-cylinder, twin-spark engine which is available as a mono-fuel version, meaning, you can either get it in petrol form or CNG, not both. The petrol version churns out around 13 bhp at 5500 rpm and develops 18.9 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The CNG variant is tuned to develop just 10 bhp and around 16 Nm of peak torque, and the engine is paired to a five-speed gearbox.