At a press conference today in New Delhi, Hero MotoCorp gave us a trailer preview of exactly what they have in store for us at the upcoming Auto Expo. Along with the newly launched 150cc CBZ Xtreme Sports Edition, the company also showcased 4 very exciting and innovative new products that will be available in India. These concepts have been developed on an entirely new platform and with the aim of being marketed as global products.
The first product they showed us was the Dash - an all new 110cc scooter. The Dash comes with a Forced Air Cooled, 4 Stroke Cylinder OHC Engine and is loaded with new utility features that includes side stand indicator, USB mobile charger, service due indicator, boot light, Key with E-Code, Fuel Lid opening by Key and LED tail light.
There were also two hybrid scooters which were unveiled called the Leap and the RNT, and they have innovative features and very unique designs. The Leap is the first electric-serial-hybrid scooter from India and is powered by lithium-ion batteries and an 8kW electric traction motor. Top speed of the Leap is 100 km/h when running with the range extender, and its acceleration in full electric operation is better than that of many gasoline scooters. The most interesting product had to have been the RNT. The RNT is a hybrid diesel scooter that comes with a very outlandish design. It comes with a 150cc TDi diesel engine, but what is really interesting is that it also comes with a hub electric motor that powers the front wheel, which means the RNT is a two-wheel drive Multi-Utility Bike. It has some very interesting features such as folding racks, clip on headlight that can be used as a torch, and the diesel unit can also act as a generator.
The concept bike that stole the show however, was the HX 250R. This is a pure performance bike that looks fantastic and has some impressive performance figures. The engine is a 250cc water cooled unit that produces 31bhp @ 9000rpm. The bike also weighs just 139 kilograms and comes with disc brakes on the front and rear tyres and also an option for ABS.
It is not clear when these products will make it to production, but we are certainly happy with the direction that Hero MotoCorp is taking.
Pawan Munjal MD & CEO Hero MotoCorp said, "This is the dawn of a new era, indeed a significant milestone in the exciting journey that we set out on a little over two years ago. We had then promised to bring a range of all-new products and innovations that will unlock a New Age of technologically superior and youth-focused two-wheelers. Today, we are living up to that commitment by unveiling the first of our own product range on completely new platforms, developed by our diversified pool of human talent with the power of game-changing breakthrough technologies, intellectual creativity and innovations."