Apart from the new 4-valve motor, the XPulse 200 4V packs several notable updates too
Since its launch back in 2019, the Hero XPulse 200 has proved to be a seasoned off-road-oriented motorcycle as well as a decent tourer. However, it did have a few chinks in its armour and the most evident one was the lack of outright performance. But the company has launched the updated XPulse 200 4V which packs a bit more than its predecessor and here’s what it’s about.
As mentioned earlier, the 200cc oil-cooled motor tends to run out of steam rather quickly with its 2-valve cylinder head. So Hero has now changed it to a 4-valve setup, bumping the power up to 19.1PS and 17.35Nm, an increase of 1.02PS and 0.9Nm over the previous model.
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The XPulse 200 4V continues to use the 5-speed gearbox but the gear ratios have also been altered for improved acceleration. The Hero XPulse 200 4V uses a new 7 fin oil cooler to keep the motor running at an optimal temperature.
A Bit Taller
Hero claims the XPulse 200 4V’s seat profile has been modified for more comfort. This has also led to an increase of 2mm, with the overall seat height becoming 825mm.
Apart from the motor, Hero has also updated the bike with an integrated starter and kill switch. The company also claims to have updated the LED headlight for better illumination. It retains the Bluetooth connectivity provision and the turn by turn navigation feature as well.
Hero MotoCorp hasn’t tinkered at all with the underpinnings. The XPulse 200 4V rides on the same 21-inch front and the 18-inch rear spoked wheel. The suspension setup too remains the same -- a telescopic fork up front and a monoshock at the rear. The 276mm front and the 220mm rear disc setup has also been retained. You can bump up the XPulse 200 4V’s off-road capabilities by adding the Rally Kit that’s priced at Rs 46,000,
All the said updates have brought a price bump of Rs 5,000 and the Hero XPulse 200 4V now costs Rs 1,28,150 (ex-showroom, Delhi). In theory, the premium seems worth the updates but how much of a difference does it make in the real world? Well, that’s something we’ll comment on after riding the bike.