Auto Expo 2018: Hero MotoCorp Introduces India’s First 200cc Adventure Bike XPulse
First showcased as a concept at Milan, with Hero XPulse the company aims to aggressively gain market share in the higher engine capacity segments
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India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has introduced country’s first 200cc adventure bike – the Hero XPulse, at the Auto Expo 2018.
First showcased as a concept at Milan, with Hero XPulse the company aims to aggressively gain market share in the higher engine capacity segments. India’s first 200cc adventure bike, the XPulse is Hero’s second new offering in the premium segment, after the Xtreme 200R that was unveiled just a week ago.
It has been designed and developed by Hero MotoCorp’s in-house R&D team, based at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. The on/off road bike Hero XPulse will be launched ahead of the festive season in India.
While introducing the bike at the Auto Expo 2018, Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said the company is focusing on rapidly growing segment of premium motorcycles, and the new product will be launched later in the year in India.
Hero XPulse’s new 200cc Fuel Injection Engine delivers 18.4PS power and 17.1Nm torque.
First-in class ‘turn-by-turn navigation’, full-LED headlamps, protective wind-shield, luggage rack, knuckle guards, enable limitless journey, while ABS tuned for on/off road usage offers added control and safety in all conditions.
The aluminium skid plate, 21" front wheel and 18" rear wheel with dual purpose tyres, 220mm ground clearance, mono shock with 10 step adjustable gas charged rear suspension (170mm wheel travel) and telescopic front suspension (190mm stroke) provides strength to take on any terrain.
Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said, “The XPulse will re-shape the duel-purpose/ on/off road bike segment with an exciting mix of performance and usability.”
Malo Le Masson – Head of Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said, “We began this year by unveiling the Xtreme 200R and now we are expanding our premium portfolio with the XPulse. There was a clear gap in the on-off category, the usage was there but no relevant offer. The XPulse will address the growing trend of adventure riding in India and in Global markets.”