Hero XPulse 200 & XPulse 200T Spied
Both will be launched in the country in early 2019
[Update: Hero MotoCorp has launched the XPulse 200, XPulse 200T and the Xtreme 200S. Head here for the launch story]
- Feature digital instrument cluster with bluetooth connectivity & turn-by-turn navigation.
- XPulse 200 is the off-road biased variant with spoke wheels, block-pattern tyres.
- XPulse 200T is a tourer, with alloy wheels and road-biased tyres.
- XPulse 200 is likely to cost around Rs 1.2 lakh, while 200T may be Rs 10,000 less expensive.
The Hero XPulse 200 and its more touring-friendly variant, the XPulse 200T, have been spotted testing for the first time. Going by the pictures, the bikes look like they’ve come straight off the production line. The registration plates indicate the bikes are from Jaipur, Rajasthan. That’s where Hero has its R&D facility called Centre for Innovation and Technology. The standard variant is offroad-oriented while the XPulse 200T puts more emphasis on touring. The former debuted at the this year’s Auto Expo while the latter was unveiled this month at the EICMA in Milan, Italy.
The Hero XPulse 200 comes with a beak-like front fender and block pattern tyres shod on spoke wheels. The front end comes with a larger 21-inch unit while the rear gets an 18-inch wheel. On the other hand, the XPulse 200T features 17-inch alloy wheel on both ends, wrapped with road-biased tyres. The test mules come with a flyscreen which should help in keeping the wind blasts at bay. While the touring variant uses an upswept exhaust, it is placed much higher in the XPulse, for enhanced water wading capabilities. We feel the exhaust outlet could’ve been designed better.
While the two motorcycles feature a fully digital instrument cluster, Hero has confirmed that they will even get Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. This should be a god-send while travelling to new places. The headlamp and tail light are LEDs for both the bikes. Power for the twins come from a 200cc air-cooled engine that produces 18.7PS of power and 17.1Nm of torque. They employ long-travel front forks and a rear monoshock to handle road undulations. Brakes include disc on both ends with single-channel ABS. You can read the differences between the two motorcycles more in detail here.
The Jaipur-based two-wheeler manufacturer has confirmed that the two bikes will be launched early next year. We expect Hero to price the XPulse at around 1.2 lakh, while the XPulse 200T will be slightly less expensive, at around Rs 1.1 lakh. The XPulse will be the most affordable off-road friendly motorcycle in the country next to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which costs Rs 1.68 lakh. The 200T will compete against the TVS Apache RTR 200 and Bajaj Pulsar 220F.