Should Bikerbox bring the new Aprilia SXR 160 scooter to PH?
Piaggio unveiled the Aprilia SXR 160 at the 2020 Auto Expo last February before the pandemic.
Recently, it was announced that the new maxi-scooter by Piaggio is going to be launched in India in November this year.
In India, the Aprilia SXR 160 will have no direct competition. While Suzuki has a maxi-scooter in India in the form of the Burgman 125, the SXR 160 will be a slightly more premium offering against its Japanese competition.
This new scooter has an Italian DNA with its development done in Italy, specifically for the markets like India and other Asian countries. It will also be manufactured in India.
It has a premium-looking maxi-scooter design with a wide and angular front that integrates sharp and compact full-LED headlamp. The tail section also gets LED tail lamp. The face is actually similar to the upcoming RS 660 middleweight sportsbike.
The deep-set rider seat with a distinct step for the pillion seat and spacious flat footboard define the European school of maxi-scooter design.
Convenience features of the SXR 160 include front storage compartment and a USB charging port. It also gets a full LCD dash.
The SXR 160 has 160 cc, three-valve, fuel-injected BS6 engine and will have 12-inch wheels.
With the design and specifications, the new Aprilia SXR 160 will surely be competitive here in the Philippines if it will compete in the fast growing segment of upscale mini maxi-scooters like the NMAX 155, PCX 150, Cruisym 150, and Dink.
Since it is made in India, it could be an atttactively priced addition to the Italian options such as Vespa, Lambretta and Italjet scooters.
With the introduction of scooters and sportbikes in the mainstream 150cc-160cc range, Aprilia Philippines and Bikerbox Inc. could grow the brand to elevate its presence locally to another level.
We are sure that there is a sizeable part of the local market that prefers premium Italian brand and image.
What do you think?
Will you be waiting for it?
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