Check out the list of top ten school buses available in India, from microbuses to thick 60-seater
April is here, and it’s time to start a new school year. Not only do students and their parents have to shop for school supplies, the school administration has to do the same! Now that offline classes have started almost everywhere, school buses need to be re-introduced To all Academic Administration Departments, we have an advice – inspect all your buses thoroughly and replace them if necessary. As emissions rules become stricter, you may have to do it sooner.
Here, we have listed the top ten options that should be considered if you need to buy a new school bus. However, prices are very varied and dynamic, so be sure to call the respective dealerships for more information.
1. Tata Cityride School
Tata Cityride School is a great option for a reliable and comfortable school bus. It is available in multiple seating capacity of 21 to 61 people including driver. Depending on the size, the offer includes multiple diesel engine options – a 2.9-liter unit, a 3.3-liter unit, a 3.6-liter unit, a 4.5-liter unit and a 5.2-liter unit.
2. Tata Starbus School
For schools or operators with larger requirements than those listed above, here is the Tata Starbus Skool series. There are more than 22 seats to 61 seats (including driver) Engine options on offer include a 2.9L diesel engine, a 3.3L diesel engine, a 3.6L diesel engine, a 4.5L diesel engine and a 5.2L diesel engine. 3.6L mill and 5.2L motor CNG options are also available.
3. Tata Winger
Tata Winger, on the other hand, is for small-scale operators. It is available in 14-seater, 19-seater, and 22-seater versions (including driver included). Regardless of the seating configuration selected, the microbus is available with a 2.2-liter diesel engine (100 PS and 200 Nm), which is much more fuel-efficient than other options.
4. Ashok Leyland Sunshine
Ashok Leyland Sunshine is a great value package overall. Powered by a 3.9-liter diesel engine, good for 136 PS and 450 Nm. It is available in 32-seater, 39-seater, and 49-seater variants (with driver), 3 × 2 or 2 × 2 seater rows.
5. Mahindra Cruze
With Cruzio, Mahindra & Mahindra offers the perfect bus for small to medium scale operations. With a seating capacity of 19 to 36 people, buyers can choose from multiple variants. It is powered by a 3.5-liter diesel motor, which generates 126 PS and 375 Nm. This engine is decently powerful and extremely economical for its class.
6. Mahindra Cruze Grande
If you like the Mahindra Cruze too but think it’s a little too small, don’t worry! The M&M lineup also includes the Cruzio Grande, which can seat 50 to 73 people, as well as driver counts. Like its younger siblings, the Mahindra Cruzio Grande is powered by a 3.5-liter diesel engine, but it is more powerful, delivering 140 PS and 525 Nm of power.
7. Eicher Starline
The Eicher Starline series is a great option for small and medium operations. With a capacity of 27 to 52 people, there are multiple seating options on offer. PowerPlant’s choices on offer include a 3.3-liter diesel engine (122 PS and 350 Nm), which comes with a CNG option (116 PS and 360 Nm), and a 3.0-liter diesel engine (143 PS and 400 Nm).
8. SML Isuzu Prestige School Bus
SML Isuzu (formerly Swaraj Mazda Limited) also has a few school bus models that are being sold in the Indian market and Prestige is one of the most popular nameplates in this market space. Buyers can choose from multiple seating options with a capacity of 17 to 52 people (including driver). Powering SML Isuzu Prestige is a 3.5-liter diesel engine with 102 PS and 315 Nm tap.
9. Force Traveler School Bus
Force Motors is a popular manufacturer of commercial carriers in India, and its school bus options are quite diverse. For smaller activities, the brand offers the Traveler School Bus, a microbus available in 14-seater, 15-seater, 17-seater, 18-seater, and 21-seater variants. Underneath the hood, the car gets a 2.6-liter diesel mill, which delivers 115 PS and 350 Nm of power.
10. Force Traveler Mood
Force Motors also has a middle school bus called the Traveler Manobas, which is available in 34-seater and 50-seater versions (with driver). Interestingly, it gets the same 2.6-liter diesel engine as its Microbus sibling, which generates 115 PS and 350 Nm.