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World's largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp unveiled its new adventure motorcycle, the XPulse at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. The Indian bike maker will also showcase the motorcycle at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018. Ahead of that the technical details of the XPulse have been revealed.
CarandBike reports that the Hero XPulse will be powered by the same 200cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 18.1bhp and 17.1Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. The same engine is deployed in the newly unveiled Xtreme 200R naked street fighter, and the information was revealed by a senior Hero MotoCorp official.
The production version of the Hero XPulse will be based on the same platform and engine of the Xtreme 200R. But we expect Hero to tweak the engine mapping to a different state-of-tune as the Xtreme 200R is a performance motorcycle, whereas the XPulse is an adventure bike and is expected to get a higher torque output.
The Hero XPulse will replace the Impulse in the Indian market which was powered by a 150cc engine. The XPulse gets a modern yet classic styling with round headlamp setup, muscular tank, spoke wheels, long-travel suspension and accessories such as panniers.
By going by the bike showcased at the 2017 EICMA, the XPulse features a high ground clearance to handle off-roading, the seating position is also high as seen on most of the adventure bikes. The motorcycle gets disc brakes at both the ends and Hero is expected to offer ABS, at least as an option.
Hero MotoCorp is expected to lunch the XPulse in the Indian market by the end of 2018. When launched, the XPulse will take on the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and it will be the most affordable adventure motorcycle in the country. But the power output will be lower than that of the Himalayan.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Hero XPulse
Hero MotoCorp is known for its affordable products in the commuter motorcycle segment. But in 2018, the company is looking to capture the premium segment with the introduction of the Xtreme 200R and XPulse. The entry-level adventure bike from Hero will be a game-changing product in the country due to its affordable price tag. Expect the XPulse to carry a price tag of around Rs 1.2 lakh.