Hero Maestro Edge 125 BS6: All You Need To Know
It was already BS6-ready, so what’s new now that it’s BS6-compliant?
Hero MotoCorp has been making headlines recently with the introduction of new models like the Xtreme 160R as well as a very interesting upcoming adventure bike based on its Dakar weapon. But at the same time, it’s also been quietly updating its existing lineup to BS6 standards ahead of the April 1 deadline. One such update is the Maestro Edge 125 BS6, and here’s everything you need to know about it:
The Maestro Edge 125 was one of the few BS4-compliant scooters to feature fuel injection, making it BS6-ready in its ‘Fi’ variant. Now, some new maps have been plugged in, which along with an additional catalytic converter, make the engine BS6-compliant.
As a result, the 124.6cc motor now produces slightly less power -- 9.12PS compared to the previous 9.24PS -- but happily, torque is up by 0.2Nm to 10.4Nm. It does arrive 500rpm higher than before, though.
You’d find it hard to tell the updated scooter apart from its predecessor just by looking at it because the bodywork has remained exactly the same. And this being a scooter, the engine is tucked away as well, so the catalytic converter isn’t visible either.
But if you happen to see one in purple, you can be sure that it’s the BS6 version because the Prismatic Purple paint scheme is new and exclusive to the BS6 variant.
Since it was only the engine that needed changes, the rest of the scooter has remained untouched. Nevertheless, it’s still quite a competent setup - a telescopic fork and monoshock handling suspension duties while an optional front disc brake helps bring everything to a stop. Features like a side-stand warning and semi-digital instrumentation continue to be standard, and Hero’s trademark i3S stop-start system is now present too.
As is standard practice, the BS6 update has been accompanied by an increase in price. Thankfully, the hike is far smaller than we’ve seen on some other BS6 updates. The Maestro Edge 125 BS6 will set you back by Rs 70,150 with a front disc brake, making it around Rs 5,600 more expensive than its like-for-like BS4 counterpart.
With the BS6 deadline nearly upon us, most of the competition has also updated its scooters to meet the stricter emission norms. So the Maestro Edge’s stiffest competition will now come from the ultra-refined Honda Activa 125 BS6 and the ever-popular Suzuki Access 125 BS6.