The BS6 Hero Xpulse 200 has been launched in the Indian market. Hero MotoCorp has launched the BS6 Xpulse with a price tag of Rs 1.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In terms of design and styling, the motorcycle remains the same as the old BS4 model, but now comes with a few mechanical changes.
The Hero Xpulse is the best-selling off-road-oriented motorcycle in India. It is the only entry-level off-road motorcycle in India and that has helped it achieve good sales numbers in the past. However, in April 2020, Hero MotoCorp had to stop selling the motorcycle thanks to the implementation of BS-VI emissions norms.
The new norms required vehicles to be cleaner and greener and the BS-VI ready Hero Xpulse 200 was under development. Now though, more than three months since the new norms came into effect, the BS6 Hero Xpulse 200 has been launched. It remains the same aesthetically but has seen a few mechanical changes.
The BS6 Xpulse 200 is powered by the same 199cc, single-cylinder engine as the old BS4 model. However, it now features oil-cooling as standard, thereby helping it run better and cooler under prolonged usage. It also gets a rerouted exhaust system that goes underneath the engine and then rides up towards the right rear of the bike.
This allowed Hero’s engineers to give the motorcycle a larger catalytic converter placed closer to the downpipe, which in turn allows for cleaner emissions. The BS6 Xpulse 200 also sees a drop in power and torque output.
It now produces 17.8bhp at 8,500rpm and 16.45Nm at 6,500rpm which is 0.3bhp and 0.65bhp lower than the BS4 model. The same 5-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel. The motorcycle still rides on the old long-travel suspension. Braking duties are handled by petal disc brakes at the front and rear as well.
The features list too remains the same. It still comes with an LED headlamp up front and a digital instrument cluster with bluetooth connectivity. The BS6 Hero Xpulse 200 is available in five colour options — Panther Black, Sports Red, Matte Grey, Matte Green, and White. At Rs 1,11,790, it costs Rs 5,790 more than the BS4 version.