The Hero XPulse range dates back to 2017, when it was first showcased as a concept at 2017 EICMA show. Last year, the XPulse 200 was joined by a tourer version that came equipped with alloy-wheels and was tagged XPulse 200T. Surprisingly, the off-road spec XPulse 200 was seen with another variant during a commercial shoot last month. The motorcycle had a pair of knobby tires and a short tail section. The wheel cover at the front and the top-box mount were also missing on the mysterious version of the XPulse 200.
The XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T that were spotted in Turkey last month were seen with a FI or Fuel Injection sticker. Thus, it will be safe to assume that the motorcycles will arrive with a BS-VI compliant engine. The BS-IV compliant engine on the Hero Xtreme 200R, for reference, comes with a carburettor. The 200 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine should deliver a maximum power of 18 bhp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 17 Nm at 6,500 rpm. It will be matched with a five-speed gearbox.
Pawan Munjal, Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp had stated in an interview in January that the company is on track to meet the BS-VI norms. He had confirmed that the it will start rolling out BS-VI products in FY2019-20 (April 2019-March 2020).
The XPulse 200T will come with a taller windscreen and alloy wheels instead of wire-spoke units on the off-road spec model. The road-biased variant will feature 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends for a better on-road character. The alloy wheels will also bring the convenience of tubeless tyres that are easier to repair in case of a puncture. The XPulse 200 will come with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels for better off-roading capabilities.
Both models will feature LED headlight and tail lamps and a digital instrument panel with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
Hardware specifications of the XPulse duo will include conventional telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the back. A single, petal-type disc at the front and at the rear will provide the stopping power, while the safety net will include a single-channel ABS as standard.