With the Destini 125, Hero Motocorp has entered the highly-competitive 125cc scooter segment in India. However, with a rather late entry, the Destini 125 will have to bring its A-game to rival the likes of Honda Activa 125 and TVS NTorq.
Hero MotoCorp, with an intent to bring more higher-engine capacity models to its lineup, has launched the Hero Destini 125 scooter in Delhi-NCR at a starting price of ₹ 54,650. Available in two variants (Lx and Vx), the higher Vx variant has been priced at ₹ 57,500 (Ex-showroom). Apart from marking Hero MotoCorp's debut in the 125cc scooter segment, the Destini 125 is also the first and only scooter in India to feature Hero's idle stop-start (i3s) system which will help the scooter in achieving some really good fuel efficiency figures.
Malo Le Masson, Head of Global Product Planning at Hero Motocorp, said at the launch, 'The scooter market is witnessing a shift towards products with higher engine capacity. The 125cc segment, in particular, has been expanding at a rapid pace, witnessing a growth of over 75% year-to-date this fiscal. The 125cc segment, therefore, is a focus area for us and we are following a multi-brand approach in this space.'
The Destini 125 draws its power from a new, 125cc Energy Boost engine, with an output of 8.7bhp @ 6750rpm and maximum torque of 10.2Nm @ 5000rpm. In comparison, the new powertrain offers 17% higher torque and 9% more power than the company's 110cc power units. Apart from the segment-first i3s technology, the Destini 125 also features a digital-analogue speedometer, a side-stand indicator and a service-due reminder for ease of use. Some other convenience and safety features available with the Destini 125 include an external fuel-filling system, remote key opening, telescopic suspension and an integrated braking system. On the Vx variant, a mobile charging port and boot light will be offered as standard equipment.
In terms of styling, the scooter comes with a full-metal body, signature tail lamps and indicators along with body-coloured mirrors. On the top-spec Vx variant, standard styling options include a dual-tone seat cover, a chrome chest on the front fascia, cast wheels and chrome garnishes on the side panels.
The Hero Destini 125 will be available in four premium metallic colour options - Noble Red (only with Vx), Chestnut Bronze, Panther Black and Pearl Silver White.