Previously, Dr Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp had told IAB that the new Maestro Edge 125 should arrive in India in early 2019. Now, a report from Gaadiwaadi claims that the new scooter would be launched in April.
The Hero Maestro Edge 125 would join the Destini 125 in the Indian market to compete in the 125 cc segment. The Destini 125, India’s most affordable 125 cc scooter, was launched in October last year with prices starting from INR 54,650 (ex-showroom). While the Destini 125 is pitched as a family scooter, the Maestro Edge 125 would be targeted to young buyers. In terms of pricing, the Maestro Edge 125 should be at a marginal premium over the Destini 125.
The Maestro Edge 125 would arrive in two variants – steel and alloy wheels. Standard features on the Maestro Edge 125 would include external fuel-filler cap, semi-digital instrument cluster with service due indicator, and dual-tone mirrors. The premium variant would receive boot light and a USB charging port.
The Maestro Edge 125 that was displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo was equipped with halogen headlight. However, the scooter could receive a LED headlamp to keep up with the rivals such as the TVS Ntorq 125 and the Suzuki Burgman 125 among others.
Mechanical specifications would remain identical to the Destini 125, and the Maestro Edge 125 would use a 124.6 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 'Energy Boost' engine that would churn out 8.70 bhp of power at 6,750 rpm and peak torque of 10.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The scooter would benefit from Hero’s patented i3S (Idle Stop-Start System) technology to return better fuel economy. The Destini is claimed to deliver 51.58 km per litre, and the numbers from the Maestro Edge 125 are likely to remain in the same range.
Suspension duties would be performed by telescopic forks at the front and a spring-loaded hydraulic damper at the back. Stopping power would come from drum brakes on both wheels while a disc would be available in the premium variant. The safety net of Integrated Braking System, Hero MotoCorp's terms for CBS, would come as standard.