Hero X Pulse Graces Indian Off-Road Enthusiasts At 2018 Auto Expo

Hero XPulse Auto Expo 2018

Hero X Pulse is going to the most affordable entry-level adventure motorcycles when it goes on sale; uses same powertrain as Xtreme 200R

Hero MotoCorp unveiled the XPulse adventure motorcycle late last year at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. It is basically an extension of the Impulse umbrella and will enter production lines with little changes compared what you see here. It has now made its local debut at the ongoing 2018 Auto Expo before going on sale ahead of the festive season.

The largest two-wheeler maker in the country should not delay the launch of the X Pulse in India as like other concepts that failed to materialise. The adventure bike has all the ingredients to trigger a highly accessible entry-level adventure segment in India and will be aiming to overshadow the failures of Impulse that arrived in the market way ahead of time with a 150 cc engine and good off-roading capabilities.

Here is everything you need to know about the Hero X Pulse:

Hero X Pulse India Launch

Hero X Pulse India Launch H2 2018

The entry-level adventure off-roader has bee unveiled in India finally and it is confirmed to enter the domestic market ahead of the festive season.

Hero X Pulse India Price

Hero X Pulse India Price Rs. 1-1.2 lakh

It is likely to be priced between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom) – more than Rs. 60,000 cheaper than the Royal Enfield Himalayan and would appeal for masses.

Hero X Pulse Engine, Specs and Performance

Engine 199.6 cc BS-IV, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected
Power 18.4 PS @ 8,000 rpm
Torque 17.1 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission five-speed

The X Pulse is a purpose-built vehicle but Hero appears to be blending in its usual traits as the engine is tuned for better fuel economy and on-road as well as off-road performance. The motorcycle draws energy from a 199.6 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that should produce around 20 bhp but the highlighting fact is that it will weigh as little as 140 kilograms.

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It is the same powertrain used in the recently launched Hero Xtreme 200R. The lower kerb weight compared to the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s 186 kg will put it at an advantage as the power-to-weight ratio will be more, despite coming short on power output. It is expected to aid in agile handling characteristics and more crucially keep the price range affordable.

Hero X Pulse Mileage

Hero X Pulse Mileage 45 kmpl

The X Pulse should be tuned to deliver ARAI claimed fuel economy of around 45 kmpl.

Hero X Pulse Exterior Design

The XPulse from Hero MotoCorp features LED lighting system which shall offer good illumination at nights. The side panels reminds us of the retired Impulse too. It comes equipped with disc brakes at the front and the rear to offer commendable stopping power during off-roading scenarios.

The suspension unit is a conventional telescopic forks at the front along with a monoshock at the rear. Significant highlights of the Hero XPulse making it a pure adventure offering are raised front fender and long travel suspension while seating position is tall and lean. There’s also visually appealing 21 inch front and 18 inch rear wired wheel.

With the introduction of the Hero XPulse, off-roading and adventure enthusiasts in India can dream of worthy purpose-focussed bike at affordable price range. The main reason is Himalayan, currently considered as proper adventure tourer, is not accessible for entry-level customers due to its price.

Other important features are first-in-segment turn-by-turn navigation, luggage rack, knuckle guards, supple ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), 220 mm ground clearance and aluminium skid plate. It is in a different livery compared to the concept displayed in Milan.

Hero X Pulse Tyre, Suspension and Brake

Front Suspension Telescopic forks with 190 mm Stroke
Rear Suspension Monoshock absorber 10-step adjustable gas absorber with 170 mm wheel travel
Front Brake Disc
Rear Brake Disc
ABS Yes (Optional)

The Hero X Pulse is suspended on long travel telescopic front forks and monoshock rear absorber while the brakes will be disc equipped. It is expected to have the option of ABS (Anti-lock Braking System).

Hero X Pulse Key Rivals

The X Pulse will be far less cheaper than its rivals such as Royal Enfield Himalayan and the low-cost Mahindra Mojo UT300.