Hero Motocorp is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in India in sales volume.
The Hero MotoCorp Passion Pro i3S is set to be relaunched in its 2017 avatar. A report in Overdrive claims that the bike gains Auto Headlamp On and BSIV compliance.
Powering the Hero Passion Pro i3S is reportedly the same 97.2 cc mill and not the new indigenously developed mill from the Hero Splendor iSmart 110. The engine is capable of producing 8.36 PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 8.05 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. Coupled to this mill is a 4-speed gearbox.
The key USP of the bike is i3S technology which shuts off the engine when the bike comes to a stop for a few seconds. To wake up the engine, the rider just has to engage the clutch by pulling the lever. BSIV emission norms are set to be compulsory for all manufacturers as the minimum standards their products will have to meet by April 1, 2017. Auto Headlamp On (AHO) is another safety feature which will be mandatory soon.
Hero Motocorp had introduced AHO in the Hero Achiever and more recently in the Hero Maestro Edge. Expect more products from their line-up to updated in the next few weeks. Deliveries of the Hero Passion Pro i3S are reported to be beginning in two weeks.
The report adds that the 2017 BSIV compliant Hero Passion Pro i3S has been priced at INR 55,121 (ex-showroom). An official word from Hero is awaited.