The Hero XPulse 200 is expected to go on sale in the current fiscal; price likely around Rs.1-1.2 lakh (ex-showroom) to make a strong statement
Hero MotoCorp revealed its entry-level adventure motorcycle when none saw it coming at the 2017 EICMA in Milan, Italy. It did create plenty of buzz as the rumours had often surfaced around its domestic market debut. The company could launch a range of new premium motorcycles in the near future based on the same 200 cc platform.
Having debuted at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, the Hero XPulse 200 succeeds the Impulse which was stopped from production due to insufficient demand two years ago. The Impulse was ahead of its time when it first went on sale in October 2011. Based on Honda’s NXR Bros, the dual-purpose motorcycle used a 149.2 cc single-cylinder engine making 12 horsepower and 13.4 Nm peak torque.
With buyers’ perception changing and the entry-level premium bikes gaining prominence, the XPulse 200 based on a new platform is expected to bring back the glory days of Hero when it had 15-16% market share a decade ago.
In a similar fashion to Hero strategically positioning the Xtreme 200R against 200 cc rivals in pricing, the XPulse 200 could bear an aggressive price of around Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom). Its will likely enter showrooms within the current financial year as Hero expects Xtreme 200R and Xpulse 200 to bring the much-needed volumes.
Despite having lower power and torque rating in comparison, it will likely be more affordable than the Royal Enfield Himalayan at around Rs. 70,000-80,000 and will be accessible to a big band of customers. It uses 199.6 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine producing 18.4 PS of maximum power and 17.1 Nm of peak torque as in the Xtreme 200R. It is connected to a five-speed transmission.
The Hero XPulse 200 will serve the purpose of being an affordable alternative to BMW G310R and the KTM 390 Adventure launching next year. It comes equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wired wheels, standard dual-channel ABS system, turn-by-turn navigation, long travel suspension, sleeker body, LED lighting, tall windblast protector, sporty exhaust, etc.