Hero Moto Corp Maestro Edge : Detailed Review
- Sep 30, 2015
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The Hero Maestro Edge is powered by a newly developed 110cc powerplant. The new powerplant has been developed with the help of Austria based AVL Engineering. The air-cooled single cylinder motor generates 8.4PS of maximum power at 8,000rpm and peak torque of 8.3Nm at 6,500rpm. The new motor is a big step for Hero as it has been paying royalty to Honda for using its powerplant in its scooter. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission. Talking about performance, Hero claims a top speed of 85kmph which is decent and comparable to scooters in this segment.
Hero has loaded the new Maestro Edge to set it apart from its rivals. It gets equipped with an external fuel filler cap which is a welcome addition. The ignition key is microchipped and multi-function, so it acts as a steering lock, ignition, remote seat release and even remote fuel lid release. The new Maestro Edge also gets pass light switch, LED tail lamp, semi-digital instrument console. Other additions include boot light and under seat USB to charge mobile phones. Storage capacity is also generous at 22 litres.
Hero claims that the new Hero Maestro Edge returns a fuel efficiency figure of 65.8hmpl. This makes it among the most fuel efficient scooters on sale in India as its arch rival Honda Activa claims 60kmpl. The high fuel efficiency number isn’t surprising as the new powerplant has been tuned for frugalness rather than mileage and this can be gauged from its weak bottom-end but strong mid-range power delivery. Another aspect helping in increasing the mileage of Hero Maestro Edge is the fact the scooter employs a fiber body which helps in reducing weight and it tips the scale at 110kg.
The Hero Maestro Edge is also the first scooter offering from the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in our country to be equipped with telescopic front forks. The Hero Maestro sports a trailing link front suspension setup which has a tendency of juddering while passing potholes and this can unsettle the rider. The telescopic front forks on the other hand provide supple ride quality and also aid in helping the handling dynamics of the scooter. At the rear it employs a unit swing unit. The scooter rides on 12-inch diameter alloy wheels at front and 10-inch alloy wheels at the back.
Hero MotoCorp has launched the new Maestro Edge in two variants – LX and VX. The LX is the base variant and loses out on many features but this has allowed Hero to price the scooter competitively at Rs 49,500 (ex-showroom Delhi) which makes it on par with the Honda Activa while being just Rs 1,500 more than the TVS Jupiter. The fully loaded Hero Maestro Edge VX variant carries a sticker price of Rs 50,700 (ex-showroom Delhi) and given the additional features for a marginal premium we will suggest consumers to opt for the VX variant.
The Hero Maestro Edge will face stiff competition in the 110cc scooter market. The undisputed king is the Honda Activa 3G with sales of over two lakh units on a constant basis. It will not be possible for the Hero Maestro Edge to compete against the Honda Activa 3G but we expect it to eat into its sales figure. The real rival for the Maestro Edge is the TVS Jupiter which recently became the second highest selling scooter in the Indian market surpassing the Maestro. Given the fact that it’s loaded with features, the huge dealership network of Hero and good after sales it wouldn’t be surprising that the Maestro Edge will post a serious threat to the Jupiter in the near future.
Hero has only launched the Maestro Edge in India as of now while the Hero Duet will be its second new scooter offering for our market. Bookings for the scooter have started throughout the country but deliveries haven’t commenced. According to Hero MotoCorp it will start deliveries of the new Maestro Edge scooter from October 13th onwards across India.