World's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp showcased the XPulse 200 adventure motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Now, a report from Autocar Professional reveals the launch details and pricing of the Hero XPulse 200.
The report states that the Hero XPulse 200 will be launched in the Indian market in the second half of 2018. The good thing is that the XPulse 200 will be priced under Rs 1 lakh and it will be the most affordable adventure bike in the country. Currently, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the cheapest adventure bike you can buy.
Global Head of Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, Malo Le Masson said that the 70 percent of the premium market is under Rs 1 lakh. And that's the reason the company is planning to introduce the Xtreme 200 and the XPulse in the Indian market.
The Hero XPulse 200 draws power from a 200cc air-cooled, fuel injected engine producing 18.1bhp and 17.2Nm of peak torque. The engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. The same engine is also deployed on the Xtreme 200R. But Hero might tweak the power output to suit the characteristics of the XPulse.
The Hero XPulse 200 sports a tall stance with minimalistic body panels. The bike gets full-LED headlamps, a tall windscreen and a high-set beak-shape front mudguard. The Hero XPulse also features knuckle guards. You can also read our first look review of the XPulse for more details.
The XPulse 200 features key off-roading elements such as engine skid plate, upswept exhaust muffler for water wading capabilities, dual-purpose tyres and spoke wheels. The bike rides on the 21-inch tyre at the front and 19-inch tyre at the rear.
Other prominent features of the XPulse 200 includes long-travel telescopic forks at the front, monoshock suspension at the rear, a ground clearance of 220mm and disc brakes at both the ends. The Xpulse will be offered with single-channel ABS and it can be switched off during off-roading.
Thoughts On The Hero XPulse 200
Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch the XPulse in the Indian market and it will replace the popular Impulse which was discontinued in 2017. With the growing culture of motorcycle touring in India, the XPulse could be the perfect bike for the mass market. And with an affordable price tag, the XPulse could be a hit in the Indian two-wheeler maker.