According to the latest buzz, the production model of the much-awaited cruiser, the TVS Zeppelin 220 is all set to be unveiled early next year. Since the brand has decided to skip the upcoming Auto Expo 2020, the launch of the cruiser was considered uncertain though, the recent reports have confirmed the launch of the motorcycle to take place in January 2020.
The TVS Zeppelin concept was showcased with futuristic technology at the Auto Expo 2018, and getting the same in production form may not be feasible. Zeppelin will also introduce a new 220cc engine to the TVS lineup, producing 20HP of maximum power and 18.5Nm of peak torque. The engine could be a re-bored version of the Apache RTR 200’s motor.
However, the practical use of part sharing process may not allow the brand to introduce the 220cc engine as their 200cc motor is equally effective and already in mass production. The chances of Zeppelin switching to the Apache-sourced engine are equally present.
The glorified components will turn decent when Zeppelin enters the final production stage. As not even a single test mule has been spotted till date, it seems like getting first images for the production version of the cruiser is still some weeks away.
The console offered to the cruiser is a semi-digital unit while the present-day trends hint at a completely digital unit like the Apache RTR 200. The use of USD front forks and other premium components is also likely to be skipped in favour of more conventional options.
TVS will try its best to price the new Zeppelin 220 while equipping it with dual-channel ABS for added safety. After the launch in Nepal, the motorcycle would be competing with the likes of the Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise, Avenger 220 Street, and the Suzuki Intruder 150.