In India, the Ather 450X has served as the industry standard for electric scooters, now come up with the upgraded model called as Ather 450X Gen 3. We have always appreciated the scooter’s features, and the manufacturer has significantly improved the design over time. It has an excellent balance of features and performance, but reliability is what everyone is raving about. However, the Ather 450X is far from being a perfect scooter. Improvement is the goal and there are a number of things that need changing.
At first sight, it may be difficult to notice any changes to the Ather 450X Gen 3 because of its unchanging exterior appearance through the year 2022. However, if you look closely, you will see that Ather has altered the rearview mirrors after getting complaints about the original design, which was aesthetically pleasing but impractical. According to Ather, the new design is stronger, lighter, and has a 25% wider viewing angle. Additionally, it now includes a solitary adjustment mechanism.
Design of Ather 450X Gen 3
It’s hard to comprehend that the Ather 450X is in its third generation. Although there are no actual design modifications, it does receive significant upgrades on a number of fronts. The rearview mirrors are now larger and more useful than they were in the past, providing significantly improved visibility. There are also the brand-new tires that Ather and MRF jointly created. It now has a larger 100-section rear tire, which should improve handling and traction.
The wider rear tire, which makes the back three-quarter look less odd than before, is the major visual improvement at the moment. Older scooters can also be upgraded with tires and rearview mirrors, which is a huge benefit for current owners. However, there aren’t any new colors or altered designs, which should have been present given the generational shift. You’ll still get White, Space Grey, and the Mint Green we had and really liked.
Additionally, Ather hasn’t made any adjustments to the chassis, so some of the earlier problems are still there. For taller riders, the floorboard continues to be high and the seat becomes slightly uncomfortable. However, shorter cyclists might not have it as much of a problem. Having said that, you now have access to a side step. It has been tastefully incorporated into the design and is currently a feature exclusive to the Ather 450X Gen 3 edition. Ather also intends to release some new, stylish storage items. This includes a backpack that can be mounted to the back seat and a storage carrier that wraps around the apron. Thankfully, these may be used by earlier generations as well and only require easy mounting.
Performance of Ather 450X Gen 3
The PMS motor now produces 6.2 kW, or around 8 horsepower, and a max torque of 26 Nm. Despite gaining 5 kg in weight, the Ather 450X Gen 3 maintains the same performance numbers as the Gen 2 model. According to Ather, the electric scooter can go from 0 to 40 km/h in 3.3 seconds, and it certainly feels quick. The beneficial parts have so been kept. Throttle calibration is flawless, and acceleration is still powerful. There is plenty of low-end power, and the new SmartEco mode makes it easier to control power and range. But the Warp mode is the most enjoyable, and it keeps the Ather 450X from becoming a boring scooter.
Although Ather states that its top speed is 80 kmph, you can actually go over 90 kmph in Warp mode, therefore the firm is being modest. Although it has a large range, the battery will quickly run out if you continue to go at high speeds.
Battery and Range of Ather 450X Gen 3
The significant upgrade is a fresh battery. With 17 additional cells, the battery pack itself is bigger and has a 3.7 kWh capacity. The battery pack is 20% bigger and 20 mm longer than previously, and it provides greater heat distribution for improved thermal performance. The battery pack is still positioned on new mounting points beneath the floorboard. Thus, it cannot be retrofitted on scooters from earlier generations. Two key advantages are provided by the larger battery pack. First off, the range now exceeds 100 kilometers and can really travel 105 kilometers on a single charge. This is significant because the One scooter from Simple Energy and Ola Electric may now finally compete.
Second, because thermal efficiency has increased by 20%, greater speeds may now be maintained for longer than previously. According to Ather, its batteries go through over 203 checks and tests, making them better equipped to withstand warmer temperatures and other problems. The upgrade aims to address battery reliability, which is currently a problem in the EV market, and restore customers’ faith in the product.
New Tech in Ather 450X Gen 3
With the Ather 450X Gen 3, the user interface now has a larger 2 GB RAM and is undoubtedly more responsive. More quickly than previously, you can switch between applications, type, and load maps. According to Ather, this paves the way for the introduction of trickier applications like voice command in the future, creating more opportunities.
Price of Ather 450X Gen 3
The most recent update keeps the 450X platform in line with customer expectations as it nears the pinnacle of its performance. The price of the electric scooter has increased by around 5,000 rupees to Rs. 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru). That is a small price increase with a reasonable premium. It only makes it easier to compete with products like the Ola S1 Pro and the upcoming Simple One. For comparison, the Simple One ranges in price from Rs. 1.10 lakh to Rs. 1.45 lakh, depending on the vendor, while the Ola S1 Pro costs Rs. 1.40 lakh. Everything is priced ex-showroom in Bengaluru.
The Ather 450X Gen 3 concentrates on the little details adding up to the larger picture. There is no denying that this product has been tested over time. The tiny adjustments have a significant impact right now. However, we also would have hoped to see more extensive alterations made to the chassis and the overall design. But this update does address many of those concerns for individuals who are worried about battery safety and battery life in general. The changes are significant, if not sufficient, but they are a start in the right way and will help the Ather 450X maintain its position as the benchmark. But faster than you may expect, the competitors are closing the gap.