The Hero Duet, one of the two derivatives of Hero Motocorp’s first homegrown platform, has been officially unveiled in India before launch, which will happen in a few weeks. While the Maestro Edge targets male audience, Duet is positioned as a unisex urban runabout.
As far as the styling goes, the Duet is sufficiently differentiated from its sibling with chrome ‘V’ ornament of the apron, turn indicators that sandwich the headlamp. body colored inserts on the mirror caps, a neat engine cover with 3D logo, silver strips and tiny vents. A long seat and a prominent grab rail round off the design. The scooter has an all-metal body.
Power comes from the same 110.9 cc single-cylinder air-cooled unit that also powers the Maestro Edge. The motor produces 8.43 PS at 8,000 rpm and 8.3 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm when mated to a CVT. Hero Duet comes with 5 year warranty.
The variant lineup and equipment level are also almost similar to the Maestro Edge. The scooter offers semi-digital instrument console, tubeless tyres, mobile charging port, Integrated braking, external fuel filler cap, illuminated underseat compartment, combination lock, etc.
The vehicle is available in Panther Black Metallic, Nature Green Metallic, Matt Vernier Grey, Grace Grey Metallic, Candy Blazing Red and Pearl Silver White color options. It measures 1,830 mm in length, 725 mm in width, 1,140 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1240 mm (VX variant has a 5 mm longer wheelbase). It weighs 116 kg.
Pawan Mujal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said, “With the unveiling of the Duet and Maestro Edge today, Hero has entered into the next phase of its exciting journey. It is a step towards the evolution of this iconic brand that has, for many years, personified reliability and efficiency. The introduction of Maestro Edge and Duet - developed in-house with our own technology while keeping the global customer in mind – is a significant milestone in our relentless endeavour to become a global mobility powerhouse.”
“These new products are a testimony to our ongoing efforts to create a world class R&D eco-system that will create products from India, for the world. These products, therefore, are not just about Hero – they also represent the New India with its engineering and innovation capabilities! As a world leading two-wheeler manufacturer, we are attuned to what customers most desire, and have thus developed products that will instantly appeal to them. Embodying Hero’s core values, the Maestro Edge and Duet also incorporate all the prerequisites of a champion product, which will enable us to continue with our success story in this highly competitive market. This is just the beginning; we are developing a vibrant range of products, including motorcycles and scooters, that will excite and engage our customers in all our markets.”