Kymco is expanding its maxi-scooter lineup with the addition of two new models, the X-Town CT300i and the Downtown 350i TCS. The 2 new models will slot between the current X-Town 300 and Xciting S 400i two broaden its offerings in the 300cc range.
X-Town CT 300i
The X-Town CT 300i aims to combine the versatility of a step-through scooter with the practicality of a maxi-scooter. It’s designed for urban areas with lots of space, convenience features, and Kymco’s trademark Noodoe turn-by-turn navigation system. It’s intended to be a more urban friendly version of the touring-oriented X-Town 300i.
Design-wise, it looks nearly similar to the X-Town but can be distinguished by vents under the LED projector headlights and a shorter windshield. As mentioned earlier, it also comes with a step-through floor for the rider’s comfort.
The X-Town CT 300i draws inspiration from the original’s twin LED projector headlamps and split tail lamps. They're now quad headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps above. The turn signals have been repositioned. It also has a hazard light function.
For the rider, it comes with a USB port located between the handlebars. It’s instrument cluster is split into three, featuring a tachometer, multi-information display, and speedometer/Noodoe navigation screen. It comes with underseat storage capable of storing a helmet and additional items. The seat height it 780 mm.
Powering it is a 276cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces 23.2 PS at 7,500 rpm and 22.4 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. It’s paired to an automatic transmission. It comes with a large 10.5 liter fuel tank. All together, the X-Town CT 300i weighs 189 kg.
Finally, the X-Town CT300i comes with Bosch 9.1 ABS for the front and rear disc brakes, assuring riders it will come to a quick and efficient stop without locking up the wheels.
It’s priced at P229,000.
Downtown 350i TCS
Kymco’s next model is the Downtown 350i TCS. The Downtown is designed to be a sportier offering.
The Downtown features styling that combines elements like the twin projector headlamps of the X-Town with the distinct center vertical bar from the Xciting 400i. It also comes with arrow-shaped turn signals.
Powering the Downtown is a Euro-4 compliant single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve 320.6cc engine. It produces 30 PS at 7,750 rpm and 28.4 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. It’s paired to a redesigned automatic transmission. It’s also built on a more rigid chassis with lightweight elements like an aluminum fuel tank with a 12.5-liter capacity. It even boasts of a lean angle of 39-degrees.
For the rider, the Downtown features two closed front shield compartments, an instrument cluster with a tachometer, multi-information display, and customizable speedometer/ digital display, and traction control and passing light switch on the left handlebar.
Like the X-Town CT 300i, the Downtown comes with Bosch 9.1M ABS, and traction control. It has a seat height of 810 mm and a wet weight of 189 kg.
The Downtown 350i TCS is priced at PhP259,000.
The two are being offered at a special introductory price with a P10,000 discount for those who make a reservation before January 1, 2021. After that, it’s indicated SRP will be applied.
Many of you may be wondering why Kymco continues to offer 300cc scooters, despite the fact that the expressway minimum is 400cc. During the press conference after the launch, Kymco executives addressed this.
While the expressway problem is one shared by all riders from Luzon, this is not necessarily the case for those in the Visayas and Mindanao. With a nationwide market share in mind, Kymco wants to show that 300cc scooters are more than enough to tour the country.
"You won't be able to see the sights from the highway," Kymco Philippines Presdient Allan Santiago said. The Kymco head hopes to encouraging riders to take the scenic route more often.