Hungarian two-wheeler brand Keeway, owned by China’s Qianjiang Group, offers a range of motorcycles and scooters and has a strong presence in Europe and Asia. The manufacturer has now expanded its range further with the launch of the Iskia 125 scooter in Europe, which makes possible the hugely popular Vespa 125 in this segment.
Keeway aims to capitalize on the growing popularity of retro-style scooters in Europe and around the world. While the Keeway Iskia 125 misses out on the tradition of the Vespa line, it sports typical retro styling reminiscent of Vespa and Lambretta models. The square headlights, curvaceous side panels, and chrome accents all point to a retro theme. Adding to the look are tan leatherette upholstered seats. The chunky rear armrest and exhaust hood feature brushed aluminum finishes, while 12-inch turbo alloy wheels further add to the retro vibe.
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Power comes from a 124.6 cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine producing 7.6 bhp at 7,500 rpm. The electric motor is paired with the CVT unit. While the power figure may not seem huge, the model weighs just 107kg, which should give the scooter a good power-to-weight ratio. Other mechanical components include telescoping front forks with 70mm of travel and a single shock with 40mm of travel at the rear. Braking performance comes from front and rear disc brakes. In terms of features, the Keeway Iskia 125 comes with LED lighting, a front glove box and an analog instrument cluster with digital readouts.
Keeway is aimed at A1 license holders across Europe and buyers looking for a practical, easy-to-drive scooter for use in and around cities. That said, whether the Keeway Iskia 125 will make it to the Indian market is still up for debate. Keeway is distributed by Hyderabad-based Aadishwar Auto Ride India (AARI) and will enter the Indian market in 2022 with scooters like Vieste 300 and Sixties 300i. The Iskia 125 will be a great addition to the lineup and will also go mainstream with the brand.The scooter is an expensive proposition though, retailing at €2,390 (approx. ¥211,000) in Europe.
First published date: Feb 16, 2023 at 16:44 PM CST