Hero MotoCorp took us by surprise by unveiling two new scooters – the Duet 125 and the Maestro Edge 125. But the showstopper at the Hero stall was without doubt the Xpulse.
The showstopper at the Hero MotoCorp stall is without doubt the new Xpulse. The company first unveiled it at EICMA last year, but this is the first time it has been showcased in India. With the demand for adventure tourers growing like never before, Hero MotoCorp wants to capitalise on it by offering an entry-level adventure tourer. In terms of design, the Xpulse surely looks true to its DNA, thanks to the tall handlebar with the knuckle guards, high ground clearance, engine bash plate and dual-sport tyres fitted on the spoke wheels. Interestingly, despite its adventure-tourer DNA and the high ground clearance, the seat height of the Xpulse is just 825mm. The Xpulse shares the same engine as the Hero Xtreme 200R and has identical specifications (18bhp and 17.1Nm). Hero MotoCorp has also loaded it with features like LED headlights, USB charging and fully-digital speedometer with navigation.
Apart from the Xpulse, Hero MotoCorp also took the wraps off two new scooter offerings – the Duet 125 and the Maestro Edge 125. Both these scooters come with a 125cc engine that produces 8.7bhp and 10.2Nm. This is the first time Hero MotoCorp has introduced its i3S technology in scooters. Other features include integrated braking system with front disc brake, semi-digital instrument cluster, mobile charging port, side stand indicator and more.
Hero MotoCorp also displayed the production-spec version of the Xtreme 200R that they showcased last week. With the Karazima twins now discontinued, the Xtreme 200R will be the most powerful offering from Hero MotoCorp. It pulls its 18bhp of peak power and 17.1Nm of max torque from a 200cc, single-cylinder motor. This motorcycle comes mated with a 5-speed transmission. Hero claims that the bike can do the 0 to 60km/h run in 4.6 seconds. The bike comes plonked with a disc brake up front as well as at the back. Hero MotoCorp will also offer a single-channel ABS option for the Xtreme 200R. As far as design goes, the Xtreme 200R looks more or less identical to its concept. Hero is expected to launch the Xtreme 200R in April.
Hero showcased the production-spec version of the Hero Xpulse 200 at the Auto Expo 2018. Hero is expected to launch the off-roader around mid 2018.@HeroMotoCorp @AEMotorShow #hero #autoexpo2018 #autoexpo #xpulse #heroxpulse pic.twitter.com/zZvVHTlvzl
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