A Hero MotoCorp dealer has just revealed that the brand will launch two more 200-cc premium motorcycles in India during 2018, apart from the XPulse 200 and the Xtreme 200R. Both new motorcycles will be based on the XPulse/Xtreme platform. What this also means is they’re likely to use the same 200-cc, four stroke single cylinder engine. This engine, developed in-house by Hero MotoCorp at its Jaipur Research and Development center produces about 18 Bhp of peak power and 17 Nm of peak torque. It comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine is air cooled and gets a two valve head with a single overhead camshaft.
Hero MotoCorp has also revealed that the XPulse 200 will get a single channel ABS, and so will the Xtreme 200R. This also means that the other two upcoming 200-cc motorcycles will also have single channel ABS considering the fact that all new 125-cc two wheelers launched in India need to feature at least single channel ABS as per government orders. The new motorcycles could be variants of the Xtreme 200R. One of them could be a fully faired model. Both motorcycles are expected to offer telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear. Other details including the exact launch timelines and pricing remain unknown for now.
Hero MotoCorp is playing catch up with other motorcycle makers in India as far as the premium segment is concerned. India’s largest two-wheeler maker is yet to build a presence in the 200-cc segment after the Karizma twins were discontinued. The Xtreme 200R, due for market introduction in the next few weeks, will be Hero’s first big comeback into this segment. The two-wheeler giant is developing a slew of higher capacity motorcycles for the Indian market. Currently, the bulk of Hero MotoCorp’s sales come from the 100-110-cc commuter motorcycle segments with the splendor, Passion and Dawn brands doing very well.