After a year of updating it with the BS6 emission norms, Hero MotoCorp has given the second big update to its Xpulse 200. The new Hero Xpulse 200 4V, as the name suggests, gets a new four-valve engine, which has replaced the erstwhile two-valve engine.
Hero Xpulse 200 4V – Price
The new Hero Xpulse 200 4V has been launched in India for Rs 1.28 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This new price has made it almost Rs 5,000 more expensive than the previous BS6 two-valve model. The new Xpulse 200 4V also gets three new colour options, namely Trail Blue, Blitz Blue and Red Raid.
Hero Xpulse 200 4V – What’s new and what’s not
Hero MotoCorp has not introduced too significant revisions to the visual appeal of the Xpulse 200 4V. However, the new colour schemes with louder and bigger decals do make it look fresher than before. The minor visual tweaks to the Hero Xpulse 200 4V include dual-tone rearview mirrors, updated switchgear with integrated starter and kill switch and a 21 per cent brighter LED headlamp.
The rest of the motorcycle remains unchanged, with the Hero Xpulse 200 4V continuing to get clear lens turn indicators, high mounted front fender, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoke wheels with off-road spec tyres, engine belly pan, high mounted single-sided exhaust, small rear luggage rack and a fully digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation support.
Hero Xpulse 200 4V – Engine and Transmission
The biggest change in the updated Hero Xpulse 200 4V is to its heart. Gone is the old two-valve engine, and in comes a new four-valve setup for the single-cylinder, oil-cooled, engine. While the maximum power output has gone up from 18 PS @ 8,500 rpm to 19.1 PS @ 8,500 rpm, the torque output has witnessed a bump from 16.45 Nm @ 6,500 rpm to 17.35 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The new powerful engine continues to be paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
Hero Xpulse 200 4V – Competition
Currently, the Hero Xpulse 200 4V possesses the benefit of being a lone warrior, as there is no other dual-purpose motorcycle available in its category. Currently, the Hero Xpulse 200 4V is priced similar to other premium commuters like TVS Apache RTR 200, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Yamaha MT-15 and Honda Hornet 2.0. The dual-purpose motorcycle closest to the Hero Xpulse 200 4V (though by a big margin) is the Royal Enfield Himalayan.