Hero Glamour iSmart could be launched in India soon; expected to come with better mileage due to the presence of that fuel-saving technology
Hero MotoCorp has been reported to be launching 15 new products in Indian as well as foreign markets in the financial year between 2016 and 17. Rumour mill suggests three new bikes will be introduced before the festive season which includes a new version of the 150cc commuter Achiever, Passion PRO with start-stop i3S technology and new Super Splendor.
Hero recently launched its first in-house built iSmart Splendor 110, courtesy of the R&D team at Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology in Jaipur, and could be looking to leverage the technology across the portfolio. It was said at the launch that the engine will play a key role in the expansion process in the affordable commuter segment.
The major features on the Hero iSmart 110cc were all-time active headlamp, exhaust note similar to Glamour, engine complying with BS-4 emission regulations, improved double cradle design with new chassis and TOD (Torque On Demand) engine. Amidst talks of the new launches, we have spotted the Glamour with iSmart technology doing rounds on Indian roads.
It could join the launch mix in the festive fervor but no definitive details are out yet. Exterior changes are expected on the new Glamour with better mileage due to the presence of iSmart fuel-saving tech. Currently, the Hero Glamour comes powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled 125 cc engine that develops a maximum power output of 8 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 10 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,000 rpm.
A four speed manual gearbox does the transmission duties and the bike rides on 18-inch wheels. The front disc/drum brakes are 240 mm in size while it’s 130 mm at the rear section. Built on a tubular double cradle chassis, the Glamour measures 2,005 mm in length, 735 mm in width, 1,070 mm in height and features a wheelbase of 1,265 mm. The ground clearance stands at 150 mm while the seat height is at 790 mm.
It has a full analogue speedometer and electric start function. No dimensional changes are likely to be made but it could be offered with a tuned chassis for better ride and comfort. Hero’s new plant in Gujarat will be fully functional starting from the beginning of next year before the Bangladesh facility, the second global unit following Colombia, will be operational as well. Hero has appointed distributor for Argentina ahead of market launch in early 2017 and sales in Nigeria is set to commence soon.