Hero MotoCorp has introduced the new BS6-compliant HF Deluxe — which is also the first 100cc BS6 motorcycle in the country — for an attractive price of Rs 55,925. Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and concentrates heavily on affordable commuter motorcycles. The Hero HF Deluxe is one of its major products and also one of the best-selling motorcycles in the country.
The entry-level commuter motorcycle is available in two formats: Self-Start Alloy-wheel variant that comes at Rs 55,925 and the higher Self-Start Alloy-wheel i3S variant that gets a price tag of Rs 57,250. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
The company recently launched the updated Hero Splendor iSmart; the brand’s very first BS6 product. The evergreen Splendor has been on the market for decades and occupies a special position in the minds of working professionals from a middle-class background. With the brand’s iSmart technology, its current range of commuters returns optimum fuel efficiency figures without compromising too much on performance.
In addition to iSmart, the BS6-compliant Hero HF Deluxe also boasts of XSens Technology that employs a fuel-injector system. With 10 dedicated sensors, the new HF Deluxe provides better fuel efficiency (9% more), impressive acceleration, smoother riding experience and effortless cold-start.
Vikram Kasbekar, Executive Director (Plants) & CTO of Hero MotoCorp, shares that the company was working with the best to ensure a smooth transition to the updated set of emission norms that are mandatory from 1 April 2020. The company is busy updating the rest of the portfolio to BS6 standards ahead of the deadline and plans to introduce the same in the coming weeks.
Malo Le Masson, Head (Global Product Planning) of Hero MotoCorp praised the HF Deluxe for its immense success on the market. The commuter has already got into the two-million sales club and commands over 2/3rd of its market segment.
The new HF Deluxe was designed and developed entirely in-house at Hero MotoCorp’s R&D facility known as the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan. With a market share of more than 60%, Hero MotoCorp has created a benchmark in the sphere of Indian two-wheeler sales.
Hero MotoCorp is not the only brand who has updated smaller-capacity two-wheelers to BS6 emission norms with the introduction of fuel-injection systems. Often times, a reworked exhaust system might also become a necessity while larger-capacity two-wheelers cannot escape a major re-engineering to the power plant, just to meet BS6 norms without compromising existing performance figures.