New 300cc Hero motorcycle coming soon
Hero MotoCorp is likely to launch a 200-cc version of its Xtreme model at the tail end of this month. However, this Xtreme won’t be the only new model to come from Hero in the months to come. While there is uncertainty over whether the model will be shown at Auto Expo 2018 or unveiled later on, it is understood the scrambler will only go on sale around the middle of 2018. The 300-cc motorbike is said to be derived from the XF3R concept bike that was shown at Auto Expo 2016. According to auto expert’s sources privy to the project, the new motorcycle is in the final stages of validation. The new 300cc model, along with the incoming 200cc Xtreme and the XPulse adventure motorcycle (revealed at EICMA 2017), will sit atop all other products in Hero’s portfolio and will mark Hero’s foray into the growing mid-size motorbike segment.
The new 300-cc motorcycle will be positioned as the natural upgrade option for many of its existing customers who have been riding executive commuter motorcycles. Replying to experts query on the sidelines of the EICMA Show in Milan in November 2017 on Hero MotoCorp’s plan of retaining its large customer base with new premium and aspirational products, Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp, had said, “I am sure when you will see me after the Auto Expo, having seen this (the XPulse) and some of the products at the Auto Expo and the directional carriage that Hero MotoCorp has taken, you will change your view. We are putting a lot of focus on some of the areas such as the high growth segments.”
Besides rivalling the KTM’s 390 and 250 Duke motorcycles, the Hero XF3R will potentially compete with all the motorcycles that are slated to spawn out of TVS-BMW’s single-cylinder, 313cc engine platform in the near future. This would include TVS Motor’s recently launched Apache RR 310 and the anticipated BMW Motorrad models – G 310 R and G 310 GS – which are scheduled for an India rollout later this year.