Hero MotoCorp is India’s biggest two wheeler maker and completely dominates the market in motorcycles. But in scooters, Hero has been playing catch up with Honda and TVS Motors. The company is now looking to gain some traction in the retro scooter segment, which is dominated by the Piaggio Vespa.
To this end, Hero will launch a new 125cc four stroke retro scooter. The launch is expected to happen on the 18th of December. Pricing will be much more affordable than the Vespas. We expect the new Hero Scooter’s prices to start from around the Rs. 60,000 figure, making it a Yamaha Fascino rival.
Other details about this scooter remains unknown currently. Since December 18th is less than a month away from now, the scooter is expected to be spied doing TV ad shoots, and even probably at dealer stockyards. The scooter is expected to be feature-loaded.
The 125cc is likely to be paired with a CVT automatic gearbox as this transmission is the norm on all automatic scooters sold in India. We also expect it to offer a self start as standard along with a kick start also offered. The scooter is expected to be a unisex model that will be positioned to attract buyers from both sexes.
This means that it’ll be large enough for men also to ride but not intimidatingly large to turn off women buyers. Telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber are likely to be the suspension set-up on this scooter. Tubeless tyres are expected on both steel wheels.
Deliveries of the new 125cc retro scooter may be pushed to early January because most buyers prefer to wait for the new year before making fresh purchases. This scooter could also be displayed at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo, which will happen in February 2018 at Greater Noida.