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2024 Bajaj Chetak | A Slow Yet Steady Evolution | First Ride Review

Bajaj Chetak - Modern evolution of a classic brand name

For

Improved range and features

Against

Limited top speed

Exterior

Exteriors - Retro outside, modern inside

There are two versions of the Chetak, Urbane and Premium. The differences in the earlier iteration were minimal, not anymore. The Urbane still features a similar round display as the outgoing model, but this time around, it’s a colour LCD display with more functionality, the highlighted accents are similar to the outgoing model with a brushed aluminium finish and also features monotone colour and drum brake setup with 2.9kWh battery and an off-board 650W charger.

The Premium Chetak gets some premium treatment this time around: a new 5-inch rectangular TFT colour display with geofencing, turn-by-turn navigation through the Chetak app integrated with Map My India, black brushed aluminium highlights, larger 3.2kWh battery and range, dual-tone colours, disc brake on the front and an on-board 800W charger. Bajaj claims that they stuck to a button-interactive display and no touchscreen to maintain the IP67 ratings of the Chetak, including its overall battery and body, and the longevity of the display in general. Both the Urbane and Premium variants shall support OTA and service centre-based software updates. Thanks to the cleaner graphics and differentiating highlight colours, the Urbane and Premium set unique identities for the variant owners. Overall, the Chetak is still one of the prettiest retro-modern takes on an e-scooter, and with maximum use of metal as its armour and glamour, Bajaj claims the Chetak to be life-proof.



TopGear Magazine July 2024