Hero Xpulse 400 with 421cc engine will be launched next year
Last week, shots surfaced of a Hero XPulse with a bigger motor being tested in the Himalayan region. At the time, the buzz surrounding Hero MotoCorp’s new adventure bike suggested that the bike would be powered by a 300cc four-stroke engine. However, a new report on Car and bike suggests that the Hero XPulse 400 is in the works for a 2023 launch, and that the bike will feature a 421cc four-stroke engine.
From the spy photos, it is obvious that the new engine is a single cylinder. It remains to be seen if Hero MotoCorp offers liquid cooling on the new 421cc engine, as it is something that most motorcycle manufacturers are now using in larger capacity engines for better thermal management, performance more constant and better energy efficiency.
Bigger motor means no more starvation
The Hero XPulse 400’s new 421cc engine should produce between 35-40bhp, which should address the biggest concern expressed by XPulse 200 owners – that of the bike’s lack of power. A 400cc engine is more than enough for a lightweight adventure bike, even when touring high altitude regions such as the Himalayas – where thinner air causes engines to lose power. The chassis will also be completely new, and Hero would compare the XPulse 400 to the KTM Adventure 390.
Launch in the second half of 2023
The Hero XPulse 400 is still under development, and it will take until the second half of 2023 for the new adventure motorcycle to be launched in India. That puts the bike a year away from launch. A carefree product is what adventure bike buyers will expect given the long lead time between first shots and actual launch.
The competition heats up
Royal Enfield has prepared the Himalayan 450, an all-new adventure motorcycle that differs significantly from the current Himalayan 411. The Himalayan 450 will feature a 450cc liquid-cooled engine – a first for Royal Enfield. This engine is likely to produce 45 Bhp-40 Nm, a big step up from the 24 Bhp-32 Nm outputs of the current Himalayan 411. KTM has just launched the 2022 version of the Adventure 390 and BMW Motorrad is also expected to update the G 310 GS for next year. Thus, the Hero XPulse 400 will arrive in a crowded market that offers a range of motorcycles, at different price points.
A competitive rate
Considering that the Hero XPulse 400 will be a local effort with a large amount of localization, a competitive price of well below Rs. 3 lakh is likely for a new adventure bike. Hero MotoCorp is also likely to offer the engine developed for the XPulse 400 in other models. In the coming months, expect more spy shots of the XPulse 400 as launch nears.