Hero MotoCorp has unveiled the road-biased version of the XPulse 200 at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Christened as the XPulse 200T, the new motorcycle is a ‘Tourer’ that features a tall windscreen and alloy wheels instead of wire-spoke units that are seen on the off-road spec model.
A host of safety and convenience includes single-channel ABS, LED head and tail lamps, digital speedometer with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. While the XPulse 200T is a touring motorcycle, the XPulse 200 will cater to the adventurers beyond paved roads. Both XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T are likely to be launched towards the beginning of next year.
Hero MotoCorp did not share mechanical specifications in its announcement. However, we expect to see the same 200cc motor on the XPulse 200T that also propels the XPulse 200. Thus, we would most likely see the 200cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum power of 18 bhp at 8,000 rpm and peak torque of 17 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Apart from XPulse 200T, Hero MotoCorp also gave a directional glimpse into its future roadmap, by unveiling four customised motorcycle concepts. The four custom motorcycles – a Café Racer Concept, a Desert Concept, a Scrambler Concept and a Flat-Track Concept – have been designed and developed on the XPulse 200T platform. The four concept motorcycles were built through a collaborative approach with global design houses, and they are expected to prove integral to growing the company’s new vertical – the Accessories business.
Unveiling the new XPulse 200T here at EICMA, Malo Le Masson, Head of Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said:
The Adventure and Touring motorcycle segments are very popular across the world and here we are showcasing Hero’s vision for these segments with the XPulse 200T based on our unique XPulse platform. We aim to further expand this platform and more products to our portfolio by the second quarter of the next year. Concurrently, we have used the new XPulse 200T for a unique initiative of co-creating diverse Concepts with customization specialist, and showcased the engineering prowess of developing a versatile platform. This also provides us an opportunity to capture the growing trend of direct customer engagement while opening the door to a new line of businesses.