Hero took the wraps off the XPulse Adventure bike concept with a launch by end of 2018. Powered by a 200cc engine the Hero XPulse will take on the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
There has been a lot of exciting bike news doing rounds with EICMA 2017 going on and Hero has decided to join in by showcasing an all-new product, the XPulse Adventure bike! A concept bike, Hero looks to bring it to production by 2018 end, by gauging the interest generated by the Indian bikers. Social media has been buzzing for the past two days with the Hero XPulse Adventure bike hogging the action with tons of posts and lots of comments asking for details about the bike.
Hero has released details of the XPulse and the bike will be powered by a 200cc engine that was showcased in the Xtreme 200 concept at the Delhi Auto Show. The XPulse bike also shares some more details with the Xtreme 200 like the chassis, but the suspension and other off-road bits like the raked windshield are unique only for this bike.
The Hero XPulse Adventure bike also showcases the new direction that the company is going for in the future. Known as a commuter bike manufacturer, Hero is looking to change its brand image and the XPulse Adventure bike should help in that pursuit. With the new bike, the Impulse legacy is carried forward as well! The body panels and the beaky front mud guard all pay homage to the original 150cc Impulse bike. The old bike was a unique one and was well loved, but had a lack of oomph. Well that should be solved now!
“We are constantly developing Concepts for the future – keeping in mind global trends and customer aspirations. I am sure the Adventure Concept motorcycle XPulse gives you a directional guidance on the path that Hero is going to ride on in the future. We created this segment in India a few years ago and we feel it is about time that we start conceptualizing some new thoughts and ideas in this space. And in keeping with the rising global stature of Brand Hero, we are creating such concepts not just with the Indian user in mind, but also with a focus on the evolved global markets.” – Pawan Munjal (Hero MotoCorp Chairman, Managing Director and CEO)
Speaking more about the bike, the highlight at the front is the LED headlight and the body graphics are also adventure bike-esque with compass stickers over the petrol tank. The matte green paint job also complements the bike well! There is a colour contrast thing going on as well with black and white, where the mechanicals are all in black and the side panels, leg guards, and mudguards in white. To further show the touring intent, there are also panniers on the side, as well as on the rear for additional storage space while touring.
Another to point to note is that even though Hero has the monopoly in the commuter segment, the company has a successful motor-sports wing in the Hero Motosports Team Rally. Most of the technical know-how learned through this has been applied on the Hero XPulse Adventure bike, so it should be capable off-road as well and not all show.
The main rival for the Hero XPulse will be the Royal Enfield Himalayan and where Hero can score will be on reliability and pricing.
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