Hero MotoCorp: Upcoming BS6 Two-wheelers
Here’s a list of motorcycles and scooters from Hero MotoCorp that will make it to the BS6 era as well as a few that won’t
Hero MotoCorp has only one BS6-compliant two-wheeler in its portfolio - the Splendor iSmart. However, it will soon update several two-wheelers before the new emission norms come into effect. Here’s a list:
XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T:
Both the XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T are powered by a BS6-ready 199.6cc air-cooled engine. We expect the BS6-compliant versions of the XPulse to have similar power and performance figures as the current model. In its current state of tune, the 199.6cc motor pumps out 18.4PS of power at 8,000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. Expect a price hike of around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 for the Fi variant and around Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 for the carb variant.
Just like the XPulse twins, the Xtreme 200S is also BS6-ready. Now, we don’t expect the Xtreme 200S and the XPulse twins to get a major cosmetic update, but Hero might introduce a new paint scheme or some new decals. Expect an increment of around Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 over the current model, which retails at Rs 99,400 (ex-showroom).
The naked variant of the Xtreme 200S will receive the most important update since its launch in 2018. The updated Xtreme 200R will be powered by the same fuel-injected 199.6cc unit as the Xtreme 200S and the XPulse duo. Apart from the updated motor, the 2020 Xtreme 200S could also get a slight cosmetic makeover.
The BS6-compliant version of the Passion XPro is likely to be based on the Splendor iSmart. So, the engine is likely to be the same 113cc fuel-injected unit as seen on the Splendor iSmart. The new 113cc motor makes 9PS and 9.89Nm of torque, which is 0.5PS less and 0.89Nm more than the previous model. The BS6 Passion XPro could also feature the same frame as the new iSmart. There’s no word on the price yet, but we expect a hike of around Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 on the updated XPro.
Glamour Fi, Super Splendor IBS:
The 125cc motorcycles in Hero’s lineup will be updated to meet the new emission norms. Recently, a test mule of the BS6-compliant Glamour Fi was spotted, hinting that Hero could unveil the new model soon. The 125cc unit in the Glamour churns out 11.5PS and 11Nm. Whereas in the Super Splendor IBS, it makes around 9PS and 10.35Nm of torque. We expect the BS6-compliant variants to have a different power output compared to their BS4 variants. Both motorcycles could get a cosmetic update and a new feature like a semi-digital instrument cluster.
Duet, Maestro Edge and Pleasure Plus:
Along with the Pleasure Plus, Hero is also likely to upgrade the Duet to meet the new emission norms. Apart from an updated fuel-injected motor, both scooters are likely to get a minor cosmetic update. The 110cc motor in the scooters belts out around 8PS, so we can expect a different power output in the BS6-compliant version. However, the Maestro Edge might not make it to the BS6 era as it doesn’t make sense for Hero to sell the 110cc variant of the Maestro Edge along with the 125cc.
Destini 125 and Maestro Edge 125:
The Destini 125 and the Maestro Edge 125 will definitely be updated to meet the BS6 emission norms. The Maestro Edge 125 is fairly new, so we don’t expect Hero to make any major design-based changes, but the Destini 125 could get some new features to take on the 2019 Honda Activa 125.
These are the motorcycles and scooters that will probably be upgraded before April 2020, but what about the models that will be discontinued? Well, we don’t have an official confirmation, but these are the two-wheelers that might not make it to the BS6 era:
Splendor Plus and HF Deluxe:
Yes, the most popular motorcycles in Hero’s lineup might get discontinued. If Hero updates these motorcycles to meet BS6 emission norms, there would be a significant increment, bringing them closer to the price range of 110cc motorcycles.
Xtreme Sports and Achiever 150:
Both the Xtreme Sports and the Achiever 150 haven’t been able to set the sales chart on fire. So it doesn’t make sense for the Indian bike maker to upgrade these motorcycles. However, we think Hero might launch a new product based on the Xtreme 200R to fill the gap in the 150cc segment. Interestingly, Hero had showcased a sub-200cc motorcycle based on the Xtreme 200R at the 2019 EICMA.
150cc motorcycles are not the only ones that will face the brunt of low sales. The Karizma ZMR will also be facing the axe. Once a household name, sales of the Karizma ZMR have constantly been dropping for a long time now. Moreover, the manufacturer already has the Xtreme 200S in its portfolio, which is modern and has more features than the ZMR.
The only scooter we think might not be on sale during the BS6 era is the Duet. The small and humble Duet is likely to be discontinued as updating it to meet the emission norms will push its final asking price close to that of 110cc scooters, affecting the sales of the newly launched Pleasure Plus.