Hero MotoCorp has become India’s first two-wheeler manufacturer to receive the BS-VI certification for a two-wheeler. The company received the Type Approval Certificate from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for its commuter motorcycle, the Splendor iSmart, after it was successfully tested for the latest emission norm compliance. The BS-VI compliant Splendor iSmart has been designed and developed at Hero MotoCorp’s Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
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Following the Type Approval process, Hero MotoCorp is eligible to start the manufacturing of the BS-VI certified Splendor iSmart. While the launch details are yet to be announced, the bike will arrive much ahead of the April 1, 2020 deadline set by the government to meet the new emission norms. Hero MotoCorp said in its press announcement:
The company has the technological prowess for meeting the BS-VI norms and will now be gearing up to make its large portfolio of motorcycles and scooters BS-VI compliant.
Speaking about the certification of the country’s first BS-VI compliant two-wheeler, Dinesh Tyagi, Director – ICAT, said:
We congratulate Hero MotoCorp for becoming the country’s first two-wheeler manufacturer to get the BS-VI certification. The Type Approval Certificate was issued to the Company’s Splendor iSmart motorcycle that has been developed and manufactured indigenously by Hero MotoCorp. Last year ICAT issued the country’s first approval for BS-VI norms for Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) segment also. The BS-VI emission standards are much more elaborate in their scope and integrate substantial changes to existing emission standards ensuring cleaner products to the consumer.
The styling details, feature list and the mechanical specifications are still concealed, but the Splendor iSmart will receive a fuel-injection system, an ECU and an O2 sensor among other hardware to comply with the new emission norms.
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In other updates, Hero MotoCorp also introduced India’s first fuel injected scooter, the Maestro Edge 125, bringing the product closer to the BS-VI compliance. The fuel injected variant of the Maestro Edge 125 has been priced at INR 62,700 (ex-showroom Delhi). The 124.6 cc fuel-injected engine makes marginally higher power output than the carburettor version. The fuel injected Maestro edge makes 9.1 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 10.2 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm while the carburettor variant churns out 8.7 bhp at 6,750 rpm and 10.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
NOTE: Images of BS-IV compliant Splendor iSmart for representation purpose only