Greener Hero XPulse 200 BS6 Loses Its Ferocity

Hero’s 200cc ADV now makes slightly less power and torque than before

  • The Hero XPulse 200 BS6 was unveiled at the Hero World Event 2020 in February.
  • Apart from being BS6-compliant, the powerplant also gets an additional oil cooler.
  • The exhaust system has been rerouted and it now looks more traditional.
  • Unofficial bookings for the BS6 version commenced in March 2020.
XPulse200 BS6 specs

Hero MotoCorp has released the specifications of the XPulse 200 BS6 on its website. Hero has incorporated a new oil cooler to the 199.6cc fuel-injected, air-cooled BS6-compliant motor. This helps in keeping the engine oil temperatures stable during long rides. However, in pursuit of cleaner emissions, the BS6 avatar of Hero’s mudplugger seems to have lost its fangs.

It generates 18.08PS at 8500rpm and 16.45Nm at 6500rpm compared to the BS4 version’s output of 18.4PS at 8000rpm and 17.1Nm at 6500rpm. The powerplant continues to use the same 5-speed transmission as before.

High Ground Clearance

To comply with the new BS6 emission norms, most motorcycles now feature an additional catalytic converter. In the XPulse’s case, this has resulted in the motorcycle losing its underseat exhaust in favour of a conventional setup. But being an off-road friendly motorcycle, Hero MotoCorp has ensured that the new setup does not have any detrimental effect on the ground clearance of the motorcycle. So the BS6 version gets the same 220mm ground clearance as before. Even the seat height remains unchanged at 823mm. Thanks to the additional emission controlling equipment, the kerb weight has gone up by 3kg, at 157kg. Interestingly, the wheelbase has gone down from 1412mm to 1410mm. Since the difference is marginal, it should not have any effect on the bike’s dynamics in the real world.

Dual Purpose Tyres

The underpinnings also remain unchanged. Its diamond type frame continues to be suspended on the same 37mm telescopic front fork with 190mm travel and a 10-step preload adjustable monoshock at the rear. Brakes include a 276mm front and 220mm rear petal disc with single-channel ABS as standard. The large 21-inch front spoke wheel is shod with 90-section block pattern tyre whereas the smaller 18-inch rear spoke wheel gets a fatter 120-section unit.

XPulse 200 BS6 rear

Other features such as the LED headlamp and tail lamp, fully-digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation have been retained. Unofficial bookings for the motorcycle began in March 2020. But now, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, leading to a nationwide lockdown at the moment. Expect Hero MotoCorp to launch the motorcycle after the lockdown is lifted and once things go back to normal. As per our sources, the BS6-compliant Hero XPulse 200 will command a premium of around 10-15 per cent over the older model, so expect prices to go up by around Rs 10,000. The BS4-compliant model retails at Rs 1,06,500 (ex-showroom Delhi). There are no rivals for this motorcycle in its segment but the Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6 is the closest alternative, at Rs 1,86,811 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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