Hero Destini 125 will launch on 22nd October to rival the Suzuki Access 125 and Honda Activa 125
Hero MotoCorp will launch the much awaited 125cc scooter, the Hero Destini 125, on 22nd October. The new model was initially displayed as the Duet 125 at the last Auto Expo along with the Maestro 125. It will be pitted against the Suzuki Access 125, Honda Grazia, and TVS NTorq 125 in terms of price positioning.
Akin to the Duet 110, the new scooter will be launched as a family-oriented scooter that will target middle age group customers looking for a comfortable daily runabout. Prices are expected to start around Rs 55,000 (ex-showroom).
Unlike the Hero Duet 110, the new Hero Destini 125, the upcoming Suzuki Access 125 rival, will feature the i3s start-stop system in the interest of better fuel efficiency. At the moment, Hero MotoCorp is the only two-wheeler manufacturer to offer this simple yet effective technology to enhance the fuel mileage.
In terms of features, the new Hero Destini 125 will be better equipped than the Suzuki Access 125. It will have a semi-digital speedo cluster, side stand indicator, dual-tone seat cover, mobile charging port, pass beam switch, underseat boot light, external fuel filler cap, and an LED tail light.
The Hero Destini 125 will share its powertrain with the Maestro Edge 125. It will be powered by a 124.6cc engine that will come mated to a CVT. The motor churns out a maximum power of 8.7 PS along with a peak torque of 10.2 Nm. Suspension duties will be carried out by telescopic forks up front and a hydraulic shock absorber at the rear. Braking will be courtesy of drum units on both the wheels. A disc brake won’t be on offer.
Other than the Suzuki Access 125, the new scooter will also compete with the Honda Activa 125, Grazia, and the TVS NTorq 125. While the Duet 110 has failed to keep competition from its Honda rivals at bay, the Destini 125, armed with a competitive price tag, more features, and a more powerful engine, should find more buyers in the automatic scooter segment.