Is this people-carrier Bajaj's Auto-Rickshaw replacement?

At the moment, we aren't absolutely sure about the answer for the above question. These spy shots sent in by our reader Guru doesn't reveal much, except for the basic details. This vehicle is definitely a basic people-carrier which is quite obvious from the absence of doors on either sides. The engine is placed at the rear as evident by the openings in the camouflage to aid cooling. Though no more details regarding the vehicle or its identity is available with us right now, we guess that this could be Bajaj's auto-rickshaw replacement. Not for nothing are we saying so.

First of all, this test vehicle was spotted doing trial runs in the popular Chakan locality of Pune where Bajaj's manufacturing facility is located. From the looks of it, this vehicle is tall and narrow, not much dissimilar to how the Bajaj RE60 four-wheeler looked during its unveiling. Moreover the shape and positioning of a small portion of the taillights that is visible through the camouflage are quite similar to those found in the RE60. It was these factors that made us conclude that this vehicle could be a derivative of the RE60 unveiled by Bajaj early this year.

We could be wrong though. With Mahindra and Tata also getting very much involved in the basic people-carrier segment with the likes of Gio and Maxximo and Ace Magic, Magic Iris and Venture respectively, they could end up springing a surprise as well. If you get to know more about this four-wheeler, please do let us know. Compared to the three-wheeled auto-rickshaws dotting our cities, the presence of a fourth wheel will bring in a host of advantages like added safety, stability, space and load-carrying capability.

Will the ubiquitous Bajaj Auto-Rickshaw be finally replaced with this four-wheeler? Just like all of you, we are having our fingers crossed!

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