Hero had its entire lineup at the pavilion which included the all-new XPulse 200 and Xtreme 200
It’s been just four months since we saw the XPulse for the first time at the EICMA 2018. Now though, we have almost production-ready version ever, called the XPulse 200. The body largely remains same as the concept with minor changes and the bike, in the flesh, looks pretty impressive. It is powered by a 200cc engine, which makes 18.4PS of power and 17.1Nm of peak torque. Equipment wise, it gets a fully digital screen with ‘Turn-by-Turn Navigation’, LED headlamps and a luggage rack. To help build its off-road credentials, it gets knuckle guards, single-channel ABS, a diamond frame and an aluminium skid plate. Not to forget, a 220 mm ground clearance, 10-step adjustable gas-charged monoshock at the rear with 170mm wheel travel and telescopic front suspension with a massive 190 mm travel. With such hardware, the XPulse 200 looks like a serious motorcycle – seriously fun that is. Expect a launch in the third quarter.
Maestro Edge 125Another big announcement from Hero MotoCorp at the expo was the showcase of the Maestro Edge 125. Earlier available in a 110cc variant only, the Maestro Edge in its 125cc avatar is powered by a new 125cc ‘Energy Boost’ engine, which has a max power output of 8.8PS at 6,750rpm and maximum torque of 10.2Nm at 5,000 rpm. It even gets Hero’s i3S idle-stop-start system for improved efficiency and an optional front disc brake for more stopping power. It will enter the market in the second quarter of FY 18-19.
Duet 125The Duet 125 shares the same motor as the Maestro 125 and gets similar updates as well. But, unlike the Maestro which gets a new paint job, the Duet actually gets new front panels with the indicators being placed on the body instead of the handlebars. The Duet also gets the i3S start/stop technology. However, it remains to be seen how friendly it is on a scooter.
Xtreme 200RHero’s entrant into the 200cc naked space, the muscular-looking Xtreme 200R looks like the Xtreme 150 on steroids. Powering the bike is an all-new 200cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which delivers 18.4PS of power at 8,000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The claimed 0-60kmph time is 4.6 seconds and the fuel efficiency figure stands at a claimed 39.29kmpl. Prices are not out yet but will be in the coming months. Expect to spend close to Rs 85,000 for the bike.
2018 Karizma ZMRGuess who’s back! The updated 2018 Hero Karizma was also showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. And with updates, we mean new graphics. Not to forget, LED DRLs at the front and a horizontally laid out LED taillamp. Powering the bike will be the same 223cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected motor churning out 20PS of power at 8,000rpm and 19.7Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. These specs are likely to remain the same, but the motor will now be BSIV compliant. Prices too will not see a major leap.
2018 Achiever 150The Hero Achiever 150 was showcased with a matte grey paint job which had contrast orange graphics. A combination which oddly looks quite good. Mechanically, it continues to be the same.
iSmart 110 Connected ConceptSmartphone connectivity has now started becoming common on two-wheelers as well. Hero too took this opportunity to showcase a bike concept which had an all-digital instrument cluster and could be connected to a smartphone as well.
Hero Dakar BikeHero also took the opportunity to showcase its 450 RR Dakar bike at the 2018 Auto Expo. It was used by CS Santosh in the Dakar 2018 race which took place in South America. The bike boasts of a 52mm front suspension with 300mm travel and a 320mm travel rear suspension to tackle almost anything mother nature can throw at it. Furthermore, the tyres are developed by Michelin and are 21-inch 90/90 section at the front and 18-inch 140/80 section at the rear. And to stop this off-road weapon, there is a 298mm petal discs setup up front and a 220mm petal disc at the rear.
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