Hero MotoCorp has finally launched the much-awaited XPulse in India. The bike was first showcased at the 2017 EICMA show and at 2018 Auto Expo. The XPulse has become the most affordable adventure bike in India with a price tag of Rs 1.05 lakh for the XPulse 200 FI, Rs 97,00 for XPulse Carb and Rs 94,000 for 200T. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi. Both the variants of the XPulse have unique features and will serve a different set of customers. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is priced at Rs 1.8 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Hero XPulse 200 is the off-road variant of the bike and offers features like spoked rims, a high-mounted exhaust, high-mounted front mudguard, engine bash plate and knuckle guards as standard. The Hero XPulse 200T is a more road-biased version of the XPulse and gets alloy wheels shod in road biased tyres, a conventionally positioned exhaust and a tall windscreen. Mechanically, both the bikes are identical to each other and offer similar features.
Both the bikes offer high travel front and rear suspension with 190mm front travel and 170mm rear travel. Also, a fully-digital monochrome instrument cluster with Bluetooth is available with both the bikes. The instrument cluster can get connected to a smartphone to show various notifications like the caller’s name, navigation directions and message alerts on the screen. It is the first-in-segment feature and is standard with both the bikes. Hero also offers a charging port for smartphones.
The Hero XPulse and XPulse 200T are based on the Hero Xtreme 200R and use the same engine and chassis. Both the bikes get the 200cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that is also offered on the Xtreme 200R. However, in XPulse, Hero MotoCorp has added a fuel injection system and the engine now produces a maximum of 18.4 PS and peak torque of 17.1 Nm. Hero also offers a carburetted version of the XPulse. In the XPulse 200T, the engine remains carburetted but it produces the same power and torque. Both the bikes get a five-speed transmission. Both Hero XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T get full-LED headlamp set-up and LED tail lamps. The instrument cluster is quite advanced and shows notifications for service reminder, turn-by-turn navigation, gear indicator and call alerts. Both the bikes get standard disc brakes on both the wheels and single-channel ABS as standard.
Hero offers a total of four colour options with the XPulse 200T. Initially, the bike will be offered with Candy Blazing Red, Black, Matte Shield Gold and Matte Axis Grey. The XPulse will be available in five different colours. The carburetted version of the XPulse 200 gets a choice of two shades while the FI version will be available three shades.
The Hero XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T are available throughout the country and Hero has started accepting the bookings for the bike. Comparing it with the Himalayan, which was the most affordable ADV bike till now, the XPulse is much more affordable and accessible in the market.