Hero Splendor is the best-selling two-wheeler in our country. It is known for its low maintenance costs, ease of driving, high fuel efficiency and affordability. Last month, the homegrown manufacturer launched Splendor Xtec in the Indian market. It is priced at Rs. 73,000 ex-showroom which makes it a top variant of the motorcycle. The dealers have already received the first batch of motorcycles. Now Hero has launched the first TVC of the Splendor+ Xtec.
The bike gets a lot of updates while still keeping the design simplistic. It now comes with a digital instrument cluster that gets Bluetooth connectivity. When the mobile phone is connected, it can display call and SMS alerts. In addition, the instrument panel also shows fuel efficiency in real time. Other features include an engine shutdown sensor on the sidestand, which is a good safety feature. There is also a USB charging port to charge your mobile devices.
There are no changes to the engine. So it is still an air-cooled 97.2 cc petrol engine that delivers a maximum power of 7.9 hp and a maximum torque of 8.05 Nm. It is coupled to a 4-speed gearbox. In addition, Hero’s i3s technology is also offered, which stalls the engine after a few seconds when the engine is idling in neutral and the clutch is not depressed. When the rider depresses the clutch again, the engine starts automatically.
Hero offers four colorways with the Splendor+ Xtec. There is Tornado Grey, Sparkling Beta Blue, Pearl White and Canvas Black. There is also an LED daytime running light strip placed in the headlamp hood and there are some new graphic designs. Cosmetically it remains the same as the other Splendor Plus models. So there is a halogen headlight, turn signals are square, 3D Hero branding and a halogen taillight.
There are no mechanical changes to the motorcycle. So it keeps coming with the same braking and suspension setup. Braking is done by 130mm disc front and rear. Hero offers CBS or Combi Brake System as standard. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks in the front and dual shock absorbers in the rear that get a preload adjustment.
The prices of the Hero Splendor start from Rs. 6,380 and goes up to Rs. 73,200. It is offered in five variants. The motorcycle will compete with other commuter two-wheelers such as Bajaj Platinum and Hero Star City Plus.
Hero Motocorp is currently working on a new adventure motorcycle. It will come with a 440 cc engine. The last time we heard about the bike, it was being tested on tracks in Chennai. They were adjusting the motorcycle’s anti-lock braking system. Not much is known about the new motorcycle yet. Hero will launch the new bike next year and will compete against the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 and the KTM 390 Adventure.