What is new in the two-wheeler market this new year? And it ought to be Mahindra’s improvised version of Duro 125 DX. Realizing the severity of competition in the scooter market Mahindra is leaving no stone unturned to give a face lift to its products and the Duro was the first in the line-up to get refined, not only in terms of looks but also performance.
Talking of the looks the new 2012 Duro 125 DX seems to have undergone some serious designing; the decals, paint finish and the build quality speaks quite a lot of the amount of work that has gone through in bringing about novelty to this cool looking scooter. The exterior design looks impeccable and no sign of sloppy work at all. The telescopic front suspension is the most conspicuous change that the new Duro has got and in fact this one looks stronger in comparison to the older version.
In terms of handling the 10” wheels get a 4-point mounting that offers better stability while riding. The next will definitely be the ergonomics, which has really undergone some significant revision, as the previous model got a lot of complaints from customers; the new Duro 125DX gets a lower seat and the wide and raised handle suits riders of different physique. The wide and comfortable seat can now easily accommodate two adults. The handlebars are raised to make ride position more comfortable. A gearless scooter should and must have brake-lever lock feature, and thanks Mahindra, Duro 2012 comes rightly equipped with the new attribute.
The rear view mirrors are size increased to better the visibility behind to the rider. A disc brake is what I have expected in the new Mahindra Duro, but it continues with the dual drum set up; considering they do a good braking job I have no complaints about them though. As regards the fit and finish too they seem to be better than its predecessor although I would have loved to see a metal body like the Activa; Mahindra has surely let us down in terms of all-metal body for the new Duro.
Is there a change in the engine and/or performance?
It’s the same 4-stroke, 124.6cc, CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) engine that pumps out a power of 8.1 PS @ 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 9Nm @ 5,500 rpm. In this segment of scooters the power of Mahindra Duro 125 DX seems to be aptly abreast with its competitors. As far as fuel efficiency, it would be known after some good running around with the scooter, we hope to post a comprehensive review about the new Duro 125 DX as soon as we’d be able to review it. The braking has been upgraded (brake lever lock) as well to give better stability and balance apart from the new development in the handling department that gives the scooter a performer label.
With so much accentuation to the new Duro, it has to be seen what responses this new avatar draws from the customers in the coming year.