TVS Zeppelin was a power cruiser concept displayed at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
Was a hybrid drive concept.
The production version most probably will not be a hybrid.
It might launch as early as January 2020.
The TVS Zeppelin was a power cruiser concept that the manufacturer put on display at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. TVS usually brings its concepts from one Delhi Auto Expo to production by the time the following Auto Expo rolls around, so it is about time for the Zeppelin to see the light of day in production form. In fact, its launch could be made as early as January 2020.
The Zeppelin in concept form consisted of a 220cc single-cylinder engine with something that TVS called an Integrated Starter Generator with an e-boost. It also had a regenerative assist motor that stored its charge in a Li-ion battery and helped things along with a belt drive.
This extra torque from the electric motor helped boost the torque in places where the petrol engine wasn’t very strong, like at the bottom of the rev range. This would make the retail price of a production model prohibitive, however, so expect only a petrol engine for now.
Among the features of the production-spec TVS Zeppelin should be all-digital instrumentation, all-LED lighting as on the Apache RR310, and Bluetooth connectivity with access to calls and music features. It will also sport upside-down front forks and a rear monoshock, and tubeless tyres despite having spoke rims – although we aren’t sure if TVS will actually go through with this last feature.
Braking will be done by petal discs and ABS at both ends. We don’t expect the smart bio key and the integrated HD action camera to make it to production.
The TVS Zeppelin will occupy a space similar to the Bajaj Dominar, in the power cruiser/sporty cruiser/tourer space, so we can expect pricing to be similar to it if the Zeppelin uses the 310cc engine, or less if it has less displacement.