Hero MotoCorp has revealed the new Hero XPulse adventure bike concept in a worldwide unveil at the ongoing EICMA Motorcycle Show. Hero says its new concept takes the Impulse legacy forward and also represents the homegrown manufacturer’s plans to grow into higher engine capacity segments. The new Hero XPulse concept previews an adventure offering that will be obtainable in dual versions. While there will be a dedicated off-roader, a touring friendly version will also be in the works. Speaking on the occasion, Hero MotoCorp – Chairman, CEO and MD, Pawan Munjal said, “We are constantly developing Concepts for the future – keeping in mind global trends and customer aspirations. I am sure the Adventure Concept bike XPulse offers you a directional guidance on the path that Hero is going to ride on in the future. We shaped this segment in India a little years ago and we feel it is about time that we start conceptualizing some new thoughts and ideas in this space.
And in keeping with the increasing international stature of Brand Hero, we are creating such concepts not just with the Indian user in mind, but also with a focus on the evolved global markets.” Details on the Hero XPulse concept are sketchy at the moment, but speculations suggest that the bike will be using a 200 cc single-cylinder engine. This motor is probable to be the same one that will power the future Xtreme 200. The bike also comes with a long travel suspension setup while there are disc brakes at the front and rear. ABS can also be seen on the XPulse concept.
The new Hero idea shows off some interesting details counting the raised spoked wheels, handlebar, knobby tyres and a comfortable looking seat. We also see an LED headlights setup on the Hero XPulse concept, while there are auxiliary lamps on either side. The motorcycle also features a raised up mudguard, tall visor and leg guards. The matte green finished concept certainly looks the part and the model on display also gets side panniers and a bank mounted at the back.
The Hero XPulse concept not only showings a new motorcycle for India but will also be sold in international markets. The offering will be locking horns with the Royal Enfield Himalayan in the country which is priced under Rs.2 lakh (on-road). Internationally, the Hero XPulse will face competition from the likes of Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM in the segment. The adventure tourer segment is growing exponentially in India and in several growing economies crossways the world. Hero was one of the first manufacturers to tap this segment with the Impulse in 2011, but the model despite receiving lots of appreciation could not build the required volumes, and was always felt in need of more power. The production spec Hero XPulse concept is expected to make its production debut sometime next year. However, launch details on the production model are still under wraps.