Check out our detailed shots of Vespa’s first BS6-compliant scooter!
Vespa’s first BS6-compliant scooter, the SXL 150, has already reached select dealerships. The BS6 model will command a significant premium -- around 18,000 to Rs 19,000 over the current-gen model. That said, its deliveries will commence only post the emission norms kick in from April 1, 2020. In the meanwhile, take a look at the changes in the BS6-compliant model in our exclusive, detailed shots:
Externally, the BS6-compliant Vespa SXL 150 looks pretty much the same as the BS4-compliant model. Unlike the SXL 150, the VXL model comes with a more squarish design language, which is evident from the boxy headlamp.
However, one major internal change is the addition of fuel injection. This should ensure a sharper throttle response and also make cold starts easier.
Despite packing fuel injection, no changes have been reported in the engine’s output. The current-gen 150cc motor makes 10.06PS at 6750rpm and 10.9Nm at 5000rpm.
The exhaust design looks a little more rounded than before. It could be due to the revised catalytic converter design to comply with the BS6-emission norms. Also, the rear gets the same 10-inch alloy wheel as before.
The scooter continues to get a single-channel ABS setup, however, the brake lines are now steel braided for added reliability.
While the instrument cluster layout remains the same as the BS4 model, the fonts and the background theme have been tweaked slightly. This white-on-black layout is legible and should pose no problem in terms of visibility.
The instrument console’s control button is on the right switchgear. One can cycle between the trip meter and the odometer readout using this button.
There are pockets on both sides of the apron, which is large enough to store small items like mobile phones. However, since they’re not enclosed, there’s a chance of things falling off when going over bad roads.
The five-spoke alloy wheel design has remained unchanged. The 11-inch front wheel is wrapped with MRF Nylogrip Zapper tubeless tyre.
The rear profile of the scooter also remains the same as the BS4 model. We wish Vespa had equipped the BS6 scooter with a sleeker-looking LED tail lamp instead of the bulb unit.