Hero Working on New 150cc-400cc Motorcycles: Hero MotoCorp recently launched three new motorcycles in the 200cc segment to grab a renowned position in the premium portfolio segment. The motorcycles include the off-road adventure bike XPulse 200, its touring version XPulse 200T, and the Xtreme 200S, the fully faired version of the Xtreme 200R.
According to a recent report, the brand is nowhere near completion of its expansion plans for India. They are working on new bikes in the 150cc-400cc segment however no other information has been shared on the same. Speaking to the Economic Times, Sanjay Bhan, Head, Sales and Aftersales, stated: “We will be launching some bikes with engine capacity above 150cc to 400cc in coming years.”
No other details such as the name of the motorcycles or the exact timeline when they will be launched were shared by the company. According to the recent reports, Hero MotoCorp is likely to invest INR 1,500 crore on the expansion. In order to make its mark in the premium segment, the brand also plans on revamping their showrooms to compliment the premium motorcycle range. In addition to this, the brand is all set to launch the 125cc Maestro Edge scooter in India this month.
Coming to the expansion plans in the 150cc-400cc segment, we can expect the brand to launch the much-awaited Hero XF3R, which made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016. The production version of the 300cc street fighter is likely to be launched at the Auto Expo in February 2020. Hero MotoCorp may also unveil the prototype model of the much-awaited 300cc Karizma sports bike at the same event. In terms of design, the Karizma 300 would most probably be inspired by the Hero HX250R concept.
The Hero XF3R concept model was powered by a 300cc, liquid cooled, DOHC single-cylinder engine capable of churning a maximum power of around 30 HP with a peak torque of around 30 Nm. It will feature dual-channel ABS and an all-LED headlight in addition to a fully digital instrument console.
When launched in India, the 300cc Hero motorcycle will compete in the market with the likes of Bajaj Dominar 400, KTM 250 Duke, and the Yamaha FZ25. The upcoming full-faired 300cc Hero sports bike would be competing with the likes of TVS Apache RR310, Honda CBR250R, and the Yamaha Fazer 250.