The ADV now packs more performance and bunch of subtle updates
Hero MotoCorp has launched the XPulse 200 4V in India at Rs 1,28,150, just a few days after its spy shots surfaced online. The bike is now pricier by Rs 5,000 compared to the previous model.
The highlight of the update, as the name suggests, is the revised 199.6 air and oil-cooled single-cylinder engine. It now gets a 4-valve overhead configuration, instead of the 2-valve setup of the outgoing model. This has now resulted in 19.1PS and 17.35Nm, which is a gain of 1.02PS and 0.9Nm over the previous model. While this may not seem much, Hero MotoCorp has improved upon the transmission and reworked the gear ratios for improved acceleration. And to keep the engine running at optimal temperature, the oil-cooler has been updated too.
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The Hero XPulse 200 4V now features some other subtle updates as well. The bike now features an integrated start and kill switch. It was no secret that the LED headlight of the XPulse was adequate, and now the bikemaker claims to have worked upon that as well for better visibility. With all the updates, Hero has also altered the seat profile of the bike, and now at 825mm, it is 2mm taller than before. Hero MotoCorp has also introduced new dual-tone paint schemes for the ADV-- Trail Blue, Blitz Blue and Red Raid.
Hero MotoCorp has made no changes to the underpinnings, and the new XPulse 200 continues to use the same telescopic fork and monoshock setup as before, while braking duties continue to be carried by the 276mm/220mm discs. Even the LCD console from the previous model has been carried over, and continues to offer smartphone connectivity, with turn by turn navigation.
At Rs 1.28 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) the Hero XPulse 200 4V continues to be Rs 16,350 cheaper than the ‘Urban Tourer’ Honda CB200X. Just like with the previous model, Hero will continue to offer the Rally Kit at as an optional fitment. While the performance on paper seems to have improved, it would be interesting to see how the changes come into play in the real world.