price, specs, design and more compared

The Ather 450X is a flagship product of Ather Energy, one of India’s oldest and most reputable startups. With the market heating up with new products every day (almost!), Ather Energy had to do something to keep interests active. The Ather 450X Gen 3 which was launched recently is a result of cumulative rider and owner feedback. Ather’s connected scooter has now recorded riding data covering over 218 million kilometers from the more than 40,000 Ather electric scooters currently on the road.

Ather took the “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” route with the 450X Gen 3 and tinkered with what was already working. The changes he introduced are substantial and appear to have been the product of what customers wanted and not what the company thought customers wanted. All of these intriguing Gen 3 manufacturing details make it imperative to launch the 2022 Ather 450X Gen 3 alongside the older Ather 450X Gen 2. Let’s take a look.

Ather 450X Gen 3 vs Ather 450X Gen 2 price in India

Ather Energy’s premium 450X Gen 3 electric scooter is priced at Rs 5,000 more than the previous generation Ather 450X Gen 2 model. This can be attributed to the additional equipment that the new model comes with. The Ather 450X Gen 3 is priced at Rs 1,55,657 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru) in original condition. The same is priced at Rs 1,37,612 (ex-showroom) in Ahmedabad, where it is cheapest.

The Ather 450 Plus model range is available for Rs 1,35,996 (ex-showroom). The old Ather 450 Gen 2 was priced at Rs 1,28,321 Rs (ex-showroom) in Maharastra, where it was the cheapest.

Ather 450X Gen 3 vs. Ather 450X Gen 2

Design

The design of the 450X, Gen 3 and Gen 2 is identical. Finishes, color schemes and decals are all the same. And that’s very different from what we expect from a generational change in the automotive industry. That said, minor changes have been made thanks to valuable customer input. For starters, the mirrors have now united form and function, and they aim to improve rearward visibility, including overall peripheral visibility. This new feature will also be backward compatible, according to Ather. The addition of a rear step that looks like a moving part of the chassis is also included, as is a hook on the rear for a 16 liter and 18 liter accessory bag for the scooter. Users of the Ather 450X Gen 2 model will soon have the option to install it on their vehicles soon, as the company is also working

Features

The numbers on most fronts remain the same because, essentially, the Ather 450X Gen 3 and Ather 450X Gen 2 are very similar scooters. Changes, however, have been made where it matters most, which is under the skin. The new 2022 Ather 450X Gen 3 packs in a larger 3.7kWh battery and is larger than the previous one. The old Gen 2 model only had a 2.9 kWh battery. The inclusion of the larger battery also caused the Gen 3 to lift nearly 4 pounds and now tips the scales at 250 pounds.

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The changes also extend to the rear suspension and tires. The rear tires are now an upgraded 100-section set and should come with a pair of MRF Zapper tires. This completes the tight and crisp ride and handling setup that the Ather 450X already boasts. The rear suspension was also beefed up to handle the slightly higher weight and accommodate the wider set of rear tires. The rear tires are also backward compatible.

Overall performance remains largely the same on both vehicles, with a claimed top speed of around 80km/h. Peak power has seen an increase of 0.2kW, up from the 6kW peak output power of the previous model. Continuous power output remains the same on both vehicles.

Features

Ather has also doubled the RAM and ROM on the scooter’s dashboard multi-information display. The 450X Gen 3 can now run on 2GB of RAM, which should keep the system going for quite some time. The ROM, which was 8GB on the Ather 450X Gen 2 model, rises to a healthier 16GB on the 450X Gen 3. This could also help with the introduction of updates and patches as the system operating becomes heavier over time. A tire pressure monitoring system is also present as an optional accessory.

Autonomy and load

The range of the Ather 450X, thanks to the larger battery, gets more range now. The new Ather 450X Gen 3 gets a claimed range of around 146 km and an actual range of 105 km in Eco mode. The Gen 2 model managed to offer an ARAI-certified range of 116 km with around 85 km of actual range in Eco mode.

Charging speeds remained the same despite the larger battery, and therefore charging time increased to 4:30. The previous model charged in an estimated time of around 3 hours 35 minutes.

The newer Ather 450X Gen 3 might have 25% longer battery life. Ather suggests that since the overall performance of the two generations has remained the same, the larger battery allows for less load on individual cells. It is also helped by the fact that the e-scooter in Gen 3 form can now offer a higher range, and therefore users have to charge it less often, thereby prolonging battery health.

Verdict

The Ather 450X Gen 3 looks visually indifferent to its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing for the most part because the scooter already looks modern and attractive. The little tweaks made throughout the vehicle only make it more convenient to use. The biggest changes that lie under the skin really differentiate the Gen 3 from the older Ather 450X Gen 2. The extra range, future-proof Info Group, increased grip, and better visibility all improve the Ather 450X as a package. The price hike of Rs 5,000 is also minor considering the upgrades. The new 2022 Ather 450X Gen 3 gets a boost from us!

Abdul J. Gaspar