Having unveiled it at the Auto Expo last month, Suzuki Motorcycle and Scooter India has officially launched the new and upgraded 2016 Access in the country with prices starting at INR 53,887 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Suzuki Access125 once used to be the highest selling scooter for Suzuki India in the home market. But due to a steep rise in competition especially because of the Honda Activa 125, the market share for the Access 125 had started to diminish gradually. So the need for an upgrade was imperative. Bookings of the Suzuki Access 125 commence at dealerships from today, while deliveries will start in a few days.
The scooter will be offered in two variants, the base drum version and the disc brake version. The base drum version with steel wheels was launched today while the disc brake version with alloy wheels as pictured above will be launched in a couple of months as announced by the Japanese manufcaturer.
Aesthetically the new Access has been completely redesigned, the 2016 Suzuki Access gets a new curvy and retro-themed styling, more on the lines of the Piaggio Vespa and Yamaha Fascino. The scooter gets a new chrome treated headlamp along with a 3D logo. The side panels have been revised and look refreshed, whereas there is now a wraparound LED tail lamp and clear lens indicators. Other cosmetic upgrades include the new front apron, 12-inch front wheel, and a new semi-digital instrument instrument panel.
Coming to dimensions, the new Suzuki Access 125 measures 1870mm in length, 655mm in width, 1160mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 1265mm. The ground clearance stands at 160mm and the kerb weight is a light 102 kg. Mechanically, the new Access 125 gets an updated front telescopic suspension setup for improved comfort, while the twin shocks continue to do duty at the rear.
Mechanically the scooter remains identical to the outgoing model. It still employs the 125cc single cylinder motor producing 9PS of max power and 10Nm of peak torque. That said, Suzuki has fiddled with the engine to reduce frictional losses by introducing its SEP or Suzuki Eco Performance technology to improve fuel efficiency and performance. The new Access claims a fuel efficiency of 64kmpl. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox and the scooter features telescopic forks up front. Though in place of the 120mm drum brakes up front, Suzuki will introduced a disc brake as an option extra in a couple of months. At that price point, the competes with the Honda Grazia, TVS NTorq 125 and even the Aprilia SR125.
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