Ather 450X gets 4 new colours, software updates & new seat; check details
Ather Energy has rolled out several upgrades for the 450X electric scooter that includes new colour options, software updates, a new seat and more. The upgrades were announced as part of AtherStack 5.0 and at the Ather Community Day in Bengaluru. Prices now start at ₹1.37 lakh for the 450 Plus and ₹1.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 450X. The
At the outset, the Ather 450X gets four new colours while the design remains the same. The White and Space Grey colours have been retained but joining the palette is now True Red, Cosmic Black, Salt Green and Lunar Grey. The Cosmic Black shade is inspired from the Series 1 limited edition version, while the Salt Green paint scheme replaces the Mint Green shade that was previously available. The Lunar Grey shade takes inspiration from the famous Nardo ring race track and gets a sportier touch with the alloy wheels finished in red. The total count now stands at six colours on the 450 range.
Speaking on the rollout of AtherStack 5.0, Tarun Mehta - Co-Founder & CEO, Ather Energy, said, " In 2018, when we launched AtherStack in Ather 450, it was the first ever software engine on any two-wheeler in India, probably even globally. It powered first-to-market experiences like the touchscreen dashboard, onboard navigation, and remote diagnostics, which barely existed even in luxury cars at that time. With a fluid new UI and Google Vector Maps, AtherStack 5.0 takes our touchscreen and maps experience to a whole new level. It also enables us to leverage our hardware to unlock new experiences such as AutoHold. Importantly, it allows us to roll out these new experiences to most of our existing customers as well, based on their scooter generation. AtherStack will continue to form a core of our product strategy, allowing us to constantly keep enhancing our product experience on the existing hardware platform."
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Ather Energy has updated the AtherStack that includes the software, firmware, system intelligence and algorithms on the 450X. AtherStack 5.0 brings major upgrades to the electric scooter in the form of better torque output without compromising on range, more accurate range predictions and intelligent auto cut-off when plugged into a charger to help prolong battery life.
The AtherStack 5.0 also brings a revised user interface with a redesigned home screen that allows users to connect their devices via Bluetooth and start navigation before starting the motor. The new on-screen animation shows power usage and consumption in different modes, while there are quick controls to adjust brightness and turn-off incoming call notifications. A new quick view section has been added to show data like TPMS. Ather says the redesign was done to reduce distractions based on user input and will reduce ride screen time by 50-60 per cent.
Furthermore, Google Maps on the 450 has been updated as well and will use vector maps that are smarter and more intuitive and are a step closer to functioning like that on a smartphone. It will also show live traffic and navigation from the rider’s perspective. Other upgrades include the new AutoHold function that works on the same lines as Hill Hold in a car and will ensure the vehicle does not roll back on an incline.
Moreover, existing Ather 450X owners can now avail Battery Protect, which is an extended battery warranty program of 5 years/60,000 km. This is a first-of-its-kind program in the industry and covers battery failures while ensuring a minimum of 70 per cent state-of-health at the end of five years. While Battery Protect is part of the package for new Ather 450X owners, existing customers can purchase the additional two-year warranty for ₹6,999.
Having showcased it at the launch of the 450X Gen 3, Ather Energy has now rolled out the new frunk front storage accessory that adds 14 litres of additional capacity. It attaches to the apron and can hold up to 5 kg in weight. There’s new merchandise from the company as well including t-shirts, helmets and even cakes. The new merch will be sold via the 89 experience centres across 70 cities from today onwards.
Lastly, Ather has updated the seat on the 450X with a redesign. The new seat is narrower in the front, flatter in the middle and steeper at the back. It’s also 14 per cent thicker than before. The changes have been made to make it more accommodating for passengers of different sizes. The revised seat also saves the pillion from whiplash, the company said. The new seat can also be added to older 450X models and will be available as an accessory.