Hero MotoCorp’s XPulse is an off road motorcycle that will be launched in India during the second half of 2018. The bike will share its engine and platform with the recently unveiled Xtreme 200R entry level performance motorcycle. The XPulse will be powered by a 200cc air cooled petrol engine that produces 18.4 Bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm.
This engine will be paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox, just like it is on the Xtreme 200R. However, expect the engine on the XPulse to get gearing changes for stronger low end and mid range power delivery. It will use a carburetor instead of fuel injection.
The XPulse is expected to be priced at Rs. 1.2 lakhs, ex-showroom, and will be Hero’s new flagship motorcycle. It will be the Hero Impulse’s spiritual successor in the Indian market. However, it will also address the biggest shortcoming of the Impulse – a lack of power.
With the 200cc engine producing about 4 Bhp more than the Impulse’s 150cc unit, the XPulse is expected to be much more peppier as its weight is expected to be around 140 Kgs. A true top speed of 120 Kph and a cruising speed of around 100 Kph will make it perfect even for Indian highway conditions.
The XPulse will be a cheaper alternative to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, India’s only other affordable on-off road motorcycle. In terms of other cycle parts, expect the XPulse to feature disc brakes on the front and rear wheels, with ABS offered as an option.
Long travel front suspension with telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock are likely to be offered on the bike. It will also have ample ground clearance and a high riding position – two things that are almost standard on on-off road bikes. A mini fairing for mild wind protection is also expected to be integrated into the XPulse’s design.
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