As per CarandBike’s sources, the production version of the Hero XPulse concept will be launched in the country in June or July 2018.
The website reports that the all-new 200cc air-cooled engine would make around 20 bhp, and the bike would weigh 140 kg, kerb. As per the sources in the know of the company’s product strategy, Hero intends to place the upcoming motorcycle in the mass market segment, where customers look for reasonable power and fuel efficiency. The source also revealed that the bike would be competitive, with a price of INR 1.2 lakhs, ex-showroom.
The Hero XPulse concept made its global debut at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. It comes with a futuristic-looking circular LED headlamp, and two LED auxiliary lamps on the crash guards. The braced handlebars feature knuckle guards, and the seat is a single piece unit. The rider’s footpegs are positioned for easy stand-up riding while going over rough terrains. The fly-screen helps in reducing the wind blasts while riding at high speeds. The tail lamp is LED, but the indicators are of bulb type.
The front end features a pair of long-travel telescopic fork with gaiters. The rear comes with a monoshock. The motorcycle rides on spoke wheels, with disc brakes on both ends. The wheels are shod with knobby tyres, and ABS is also present.
The production version once launched, will lock horns with the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Himalayan is currently the most affordable adventure tourer in the country. Expect the upcoming bike from Hero to undercut the Himalayan in terms of pricing; and the bike will be ideal for riders looking for an adequately powerful, lightweight off-road friendly bike.