According to Mahindra 2 Wheelers, there exist two sub segments in the commuter bike segment and the company terms them as functional segmentation and styling segmentation. [ The copper colored tubes below the tank is just for aesthetic purpose; The rear panel hides the upper suspension mount ] Trying to tick both the boxes with a single bike is a tricky affair and hence Mahindra has come up with two different bikes based on the same platform. The contender to take on the styling segment is the Mahindra Centuro which will be more upmarket than its sibling Pantero . [The front mask is bigger than the Pantero; The tail lamps and grab rail are similar to the Pantero] Naturally the Centuro gets more attention from stylists and to start with, the bike features a bigger front mask. The two copper colored tubes that run below the fuel tank are there purely for the aesthetic reasons. Instead, that space could’ve been used for a useful storage compartment like in the Pantero. [Mahindra Centuro gets remote key with immobilizer; Digital console includes tachometer and distance to empty readout] The bike wears a bigger center panel than the Pantero and the tail piece conceals the upper mounting point of the rear springs. The Centuro also has a bigger indicators than the Pantero, but the tail lamps and grab rails are similar in both the bikes. The Centuro sports a neat digital console that will tell you all you need to know, like how long can you go before the bike runs out of fuel. Remote key with immobilizer, find me and guide me lamps are other funky features. The 106.7 cc 8.5PS MCI-5 engine with 4-speed gearbox is common for both the motorcycles which means there is no difference in the way the bikes behave. None offers front disc brake as option. The Mahindra Centuro emerges as a feature rich alternative which will interest a tech savvy rider.
[via Indian Motos Blog]
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