The Hero MotoCorp XPulse 200 India launch isn’t too far away, and photographs of the motorcycle are circulating on messaging services.
The motorcycle is seen in two variants. One is the standard variant that we saw at the 2018 Auto Expo. The second motorcycle, however, appears to be more off-road ready with a pair of knobby tires. The wheel cover at the front and the top-box mount are missing while the tail gets a compact finish that distinguishes it from the standard XPulse 200.
Apart from the off-road spec model, Hero MotoCorp would also introduce a tourer version of the XPulse 200. Hero MotoCorp has unveiled the road-biased version of the XPulse 200, christened as the XPulse 200T, at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The road-biased Xpulse 200T gets a taller windscreen and alloy wheels instead of wire-spoke units that are seen on the off-road spec model.
Both models would use the same 200cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that delivers 18 bhp of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and peak torque of 17 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The safety and convenience features on the XPulse range would include single-channel ABS, LED head and tail lamps, digital speedometer with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
Designed to take the beaten path, the XPulse 200 features a long-travel front suspension with 190 mm travel and an adjustable rear mono-shock with 180 mm travel. Stopping power comes from single, petal-type discs on both wheels. The XPulse 200 features 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels. The XPulse 200T, on the other hand, gets 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends.
While Hero MotoCorp has remained tight-lipped about the launch timeline, IAB’s interaction with dealerships revealed that the motorcycle could arrive this month. The XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T were spotted testing for the first time in India on 20 November 2018. Hero MotoCorp targets to introduce the motorcycle below the INR 1 lakh (ex-showroom) levels making the XPulse the most affordable adventure tourer in the country.