After keeping us in mystery for way too long, Ather has finally launched the Gen 3 450X today. Unlike what rumour mills suggested, the update seems to be only limited to the 450X and the 450 Plus variants. Here’s a detailed breakdown of its city-wise pricing (all ex-showroom).

MumbaiRs 1.50 lakh
PuneRs 1.46 lakh
DelhiRs 1.39 lakh
HyderabadRs 1.57 lakh
ChennaiRs 1.57 lakh
AhmedabadRs 1.37 lakh
JaipurRs 1.46 lakh
KochiRs 1.57 lakh

Taking into account its pricing in Delhi, the Gen 3 model commands a premium of merely Rs 1,000. Although, this may vary, depending on the FAME II subsidy of your city/state. 

Speaking on the launch of the 450X Gen 3, Tarun Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, of Ather Energy, said, “ With the 450X Gen 3, we have doubled down on the performance parameters and taken it to the next level to offer a thrilling experience. The Gen 3 also comes in with a bigger battery pack giving us a certified range of 146 km and TrueRangeTM of 105 km offering more range to consumers looking for exciting yet reliable and consistently performing electric scooters.”

So, what’s new here? The biggest change here comes in the form of a larger battery pack. Gone is the older 2.9kWh battery, replaced by a larger 3.66kWh unit. This gives an additional range of around 30km more, taking the total (claimed) range to 146km and a TrueRange (claimed) of 105km. For comparison, the Ola S1 Pro offers a range of 181km per charge. 

Thanks to the bigger battery pack, folks at Ather were able to fit a slightly larger motor to keep up with the performance demands. The output now stands at 6.2kW for the 450X as compared to 6kW seen on the older model. All of this though has pushed the weight of the e-scooter to 113kg. 

In terms of design and cosmetics, the e-scooter remains unchanged. For 2022, the only visual update comes in the form of new, larger mirrors. Even the colours remain unchanged for this year. 

The tyres are now wider and claim to provide 22 per cent more grip, largely improving the braking performance. Apart from all of this, the 450 now comes with an optional sidestep for passengers. 

Feature-wise, the 2022 Ather 450 gets Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which will also be offered as an optional accessory. However, Ather did confirm that previous-gen owners will be able to get the feature as well. We were handed the keys to the 2022 Ather 450X Gen 3 a week ago to spend some time exploring Bengaluru’s Nandi Hills. Here are our initial impressions.  

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