Hero will launch its first 200-cc adventure bike – the XPulse 200 soon. A cheaper rival to RE Himalayan, the XPulse 200 will be priced at under Rs. 1 lakh. The XPulse 200 is based on a similar frame line as the Xtreme 200R, and was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in February this year. This is the second 200-cc bike from the manufacturer, and is meant to attract young, adventure seeking riders in the country.
The Hero XPulse 200 will come with many first-in-segment features, such as Turn-by-Turn navigation system, digital instrument console, full LED headlamps, protective wind-shield, luggage rack, knuckle guards and ABS as standard. The XPulse 200 will use a 200-cc engine similar to the Xtreme 200R, producing around 18.4 Bhp of peak power and 17.1 Nm of maximum torque. This engine is based on the 150-cc engine block with a bigger bore.
As an adventure bike should be, the XPulse 200 comes loaded with massive 21-inch front and 18-inch all-terrain rear tyres. The front suspension has high travel of 190 mm and the rear wheel suspension has a travel of 170 mm. The XPulse 200 also comes with a massive ground clearance of 220 mm. The upswept exhaust system will offer an advantage in wading deep waters, increasing the off-road capabilities of bike.
In a recent interview, Malo Le Masson, Head of Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp said,
“If you look at the premium market in India, 70 percent is below Rs 100,000. so this is why first we are concentrating on bringing the Xtreme 200R and the XPulse 200. we are looking first at this segment because from a volume standpoint, this is the biggest.”
With the announcement of the arrival of XPulse 200 from Hero, riders planning to buy a cheap adventure bike can plan out their next purchase. The XPulse 200 is expected to give the Royal Enfield Himalayan a very hard time in sales, mainly because of the price difference and past reliability issues in the manufacturing of the Himalayan, which raised many questions.