After facing stiffer competition from newer, more competent and more affordable electric scooters, the TVS iQube electric scooter has finally got its first major update. Contrary to the previous version, the new TVS iQube is now available in three different variants, with new colour options, new features and new choices of batteries across variants. In addition, the TVS iQube will now be available in a total of 85 cities across India, the sale of which was previously restricted to 33 cities only.
2022 TVS iQube – Variants and Prices
Unlike the previous version of the TVS iQube, which was available in a single variant, the new version is now available in three different variants – Base, S and ST. The prices of Base and S variants of the TVS iQube are set at Rs 1,66,564 and Rs 1,76,690, which after Rs 51,000 worth of FAME-II subsidies reduce down to Rs 98,564 and Rs 1,08,690 (all prices On-road, Delhi). TVS is yet to reveal the prices of the top-spec ST variant of the iQube.
2022 TVS iQube – New Features and Colour options
The TVS iQube was previously offered only in a single shade of Pearl White. Now, all three variants will be offered in more distinctive paint schemes. While the colour options of the Base variant are Pearl White, Titanium Grey and Shining Red, the S variant will be available in the colour options of Mint Blue, Mercury Grey Glossy, Copper Bronze Glossy and Lucid Yellow. The colour options for the ST variant will be revealed in the coming days.
In terms of features, the Base variant now gets a new 5-inch TFT instrument console, while the S and ST variants get a bigger 7-inch touchscreen TFT instrument console. The bigger display unit of the S and ST variants runs on a new user interface. Both these 5-inch and 7-inch units are compatible with TVS’ SmartXonnect connectivity system and Amazon Alexa connectivity, the latter of which allows the user to know the charge level of their iQube from any of the Alexa devices at their home.
2022 TVS iQube – Changes to powertrain
TVS has retained the 4.4 kW electric motor of the previous iteration of the iQube for all the new three variants, with which the scooter can cover 0-40 kmph sprint in 4.2 seconds. There are two riding modes in all three variants – Economy and Power, apart from the reverse mode as well. In the Power mode, the Base and S variants have a top speed of 78 kmph, while the ST variant has a top speed of 82 kmph.
The big change, however, has been introduced in the form of new battery options. The sole variant of the previous version of the iQube had a 2.2 kWh battery. This time around, while the Base and S variants get a 3.4 kWh battery, the ST variant has a bigger 5.1 kWh battery. The maximum riding range of 75 km too has seen a major bump – 100 km for Base and S variants and 140 km for ST variants. For the new battery options, TVS is offering three charging options – 650 W, 950 W and 1.5 kW, the last one of which is restricted only to the ST variant.
2022 TVS iQube – Competitors
TVS has introduced the new version of the iQube to take on the rising popularity of the Ola S1 Pro, which has instantly become the highest-selling electric scooter in India. Apart from that, it continues to take on the other chief rivals like Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and Okinawa Praise Pro.