Hero XPulse launch will give riders an affordable option against the tragic Himalayan…
People have written the Xtreme 200R off (which is already delayed from the first officially announced time frame) even before its official launch. But what has got people hooked is the XPulse adventure which is based on a similar platform. After unveiling the motorcycle as a concept at Milan last year, Hero showcased its production ready model at the recent Auto Expo in Noida.
XPulse will be Hero’s second 200 cc motorcycle to be offered in the market. The display model was draped in a nice white colour theme and Hero says this dual-purpose motorcycle is targeted at young, thrill-seeking riders.
Here are some of the features the motorcycle has been announced with…
- First in class Turn-by-Turn navigation
- All digital instrument console
- Full LED headlamps
- Protective wind-shield
- Luggage rack
- Knuckle guards
- ABS (has to be standard)
The 200 cc motor, shared with the Xtreme 200R, produces the same 18.4 PS of peak power and 17.1 Nm of maximum torque. It must be known that this motor is a rebored version of the same 150 cc engine which does duty on the Xtreme Sports, and eventually, is a Honda’s engine (which is also plonked on the Unicorn 150!).
It comes with 21 inch front and 18 inch rear dual purpose tyres and a massive ground clearance of 220 mm (as compared to 165 mm of Xtreme 200R). The rear wheel has a travel of 170 mm whereas the front suspension can absorb 190 mm deep strokes.
It also has an upswept exhaust which, Hero says, will enhance its water wading capability.
|XPulse Launch||Around October-November 2018|
Hero has officially announced that XPulse will be launched before this year’s festive season which means we are looking at a time frame of October-November 2018.
|Xpulse||Under 1 Lakh|
There is not much of a hardware upgrade from Xtreme 200R (which should not cost more than Rs 87,000-90,000 for the non-ABS variant) and even if we factor in mandatory ABS on XPulse, it should not cross 1 Lakh.
Malo Le Masson, Head of Global Product Planning, Hero Motocorp almost confirmed this in an interview to Autocar Professional. He said,
“If you look at the premium market in India, 70 percent is below Rs 100,000. So this is why first we are concentrating on bringing the Xtreme 200R and the XPulse 200. We are looking first at this segment because from a volume standpoint, this is the biggest,”
Finally, we will have a dual-purpose motorcycle which is expected to be more reliable then Himalayan (which has broken all benchmarks of how low-quality and unreliable a production motorcycle from a reputed manufacturer can be). And at that price tag it will be very affordable as well. Eventually, after a long time a ‘desirable’ motorcycle from Hero will become a reality.