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Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch their latest adventure motorcycle, the XPulse 200. The company will be launching the XPulse 200 sometime by the end of the current fiscal year.
Hero was expected to launch the motorcycle by December 2018. However, recent reports from IAB suggest that the launch of the XPulse 200 could face a delay of three months. One of the reasons being that traditionally potential buyers wait for the start of the new year to make any vehicle purchases.
The Hero XPulse 200 is the spiritual successor for the Hero Impulse 150, which has been discontinued since 2017. The new XPulse 200 will share its frame and mechanicals with the recently launched Xtreme 200.
The concept of the Hero XPulse 200 was first showcased at the EICMA 2017. With the production-spec model making its Indian debut, just a few days before the 2018 Auto Expo.
The Hero XPulse will come powered by the same 200cc engine as on the Xtreme offering. This will be the 200cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine developed in-house by Hero's R&D team. It produces 18bhp and 17Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The off-roader ADV motorcycle will feature long suspension travel, high ground clearance and a tall seat height. The Hero XPulse 200 will also feature LED headlamps, knuckle guards, a bash plate and a 14-litre fuel tank as standard. Apart from this, fuel-injection system and a single-channel ABS will also make its way onto the production-spec as standard features.
Being an ADV motorcycle, the Hero XPulse 200 will get long travel suspension. This includes telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock, with 190mm and 170mm travel at the front and rear, respectively.
The motorcycle will ride on large 21-inch and 19-inch front and rear wheels, with wire-spoke and knobby tyres from CEAT. This will also help offer a ground clearance for 220mm. The seat height on the XPulse 200 is said to be at 825mm.
Apart from this, the motorcycle will also come with a recessed fuel tank, flat single-seat setup, LED taillights, raised exhaust and a tall windshield. The Hero XPulse 200 will also feature a fully-digital display, Bluetooth via smartphone connectivity for navigation and an under-seat USB charger.
Thoughts On The Hero XPulse 200
Hero XPulse 200, once launched in India, is expected to be priced under Rs 1 lakh, ex-showroom. This would easily make it the most-affordable ADV motorcycle available in India. Itwill undercut its competition, the Royal Enfield Himalayan by almost Rs 60,000.