Pre-bookings for the Hero XPulse 200 and Hero XPulse 200T are now open. Early birds can reserve either of the new models with a deposit of INR 5,000 now. The launch will take place on 1 May.
The difference between the Hero XPulse 200 and the Hero XPulse 200T is that the former is poised more towards off-road duties, while the latter is a road-oriented touring version. Both models should cost in the range of INR 1-1.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Both employ the Hero Xtreme 200R's 200 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, but likely in a different tuning. This engine produces 18.4 PS of maximum power and 17.1Nm of peak torque in the naked roadster. It is paired with a 5-speed transmission.
Hero MotoCorp will likely tweak the 200 cc engine's power delivery to match XPulse's offroad prowess. It is also expected that XPulse will have different gearing ratios along with slightly higher initial torque delivery that will be more useful when exploring the roads less travelled.
The Hero XPulse series packs a fully digital instrument cluster with turn-by-turn navigation, ABS, Bluetooth connectivity, side-mounted exhaust muffler, LED head and tail lights. The suspension duties are performed by telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear.
The Hero XPulse models have no direct rivals in their segment currently, as the only adventure motorcycle which stands anywhere close is the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which is almost double in displacement and pricing. Also, there are no imminent plans on affordable adventure bikes in India, and so, chances are that the Hero XPulse series will be able to enjoy this space for a long time.
[Source - Zigwheels.com]