Seven years ago, history was created. Hero Honda Group (now “Hero Motocorp”) courageously terminated its joint venture between Hero Group of India and Honda of Japan. The big reason was because under the “joint venture”, Hero Group could not export to international markets except Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Hero India thought that its potential was confined. After seven years of working together, they went on to “unleash” their true potential by parting away.
Look back to the timeline. Hero Honda was a joint venture between Hero Cycles of India and Honda of Japan. Honda in 2010 decided to move out of the joint venture. Hero group purchased the equity held by Honda. The result! In August 2011, a new company Hero MotoCorp was born. The development had shocked everyone. Yet, it gave hope.
Tough there was a big risk, the board of directors decided to go for “break up”. Because, at the moment, termination means they could now export to whichever country they want. Termination means no more market share restrictions. Termination means independence and freedom.
Then, the big question came up.
As we all know that since it was born, Hero Group relied on their Japanese ‘sibling’, Honda for the technology. Can they shake off its dependence on Honda’s tech? Will they make better product? Is the termination will prove to be a blessing or a curse?
Soon, we will have the answers. At least, it will give more clues for us.
Listen, on the next 30th January, the latest Hero MotoCorp product, “Hero Xtreme NXT”, is being unveiled. It is Hero’s portfolio. As you know Hero has been busy developing new products from scratch. With zero help from Honda’s technology.
And now, let’s take a look at what you can expect from this premium bike, Hero Xtreme NXT.
Hero Xtreme NXT – New Platform
Don’t be fooled by the name. Though Hero Xtreme NXT shares its name and styling elements with the Xtreme Sports, beneath the skin it is a starkly different bike. Unlike Xtreme Sports, Xtreme NXT’s chassis was developed in conjunction with an Italian design firm called Engines Engineering. Hero Xtreme NXT is going to be the only Hero motorcycle after the Impulse to have a rear monoshock.
Rumors are floating that Hero Hero Xtreme NXT gets a lot of feature upgrade. But, what are they? Just continue to scroll down this article.
Hero Xtreme NXT – Features
Listen, Xtreme 200S might have seemed glamorous in 2016. But now, the competition has changed a lot. It has gone one step ahead. Glamour style is no longer an attraction point. There should be more than looks. Even if it’s a bike. So…
…The Hero Xtreme NXT is expected to get ABS safety feature like on Xtreme 200S. But, it may be come as an optional extra. If we compare the Xtreme NXT with its “brother”, Xtreme 200S, we can get another estimation. As you know, the Xtreme 200S featured a part analogue part digital instrument console. It also has Hero’s proprietary i3S technology. The same instrument and technology is expected to be embedded in Hero Xtreme NXT as well.
Another point to remember is that the model showcased at the previous Auto Expo had LED pilot lamps, LED tail lamps, with a dual-colored seat.
But, what about the engine?
Hero Xtreme NXT – Engine
Unfortunately, there is no any radical change about the engine. The power output even is lesser than its rivals. At the positive side, it means that Hero Xtreme NXT engine might have an edge in terms of fuel efficiency. As you can see, the Xtreme NXT is powered by a new 200cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 18.4bhp and 17.2Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Now, you may ask, “if there’s no big change in the engine, is there no big update to in its appearance?”
Well, good news for you. Read on.
Hero Xtreme NXT – Revised Styling
Hero MotoCorp gives a radical change in its looks. Before I mention what are the changes, I need to remind you that the Hero Xtreme NXT is the mass-production version of the Xtreme 200S concept which made its debut at the Auto Expo two years ago.
If you can remember, the concept bike was very-very conservative looking. Luckily, Hero designers have their taste ‘upgrade.’ They sense a change in the market. Only in a short period they re-designed the concept into more of an aggressive and sporty look. This sharp and edgy design styling can keep Hero Xtreme NXT in the game with its rivals such as TVS Apache RTR 2004V.
Hero Xtreme NXT – Competition and Price
In competition with the popular Bajaj Pulsar NS200, Yamaha FX25, and the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, we expect Hero Xtreme NXT is going to be priced competitively between Rs 90,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
The competition won’t be easy because the 200cc segment in India has been seeing a lot of improvement. Hero was the top player in the segment. But, it has been missing out on the action since it discontinued the Karizma. Hero Xtreme NXT is being launched to represent Hero’s re-entry in this segment.
Why “come back”?
It’s simply the market share! That’s the short answer. We have seen that there is a rapid growth in India over the last two years in the 200cc – 300cc segment. So, HeroMotoCorp’s decision is logical.
And when you read this closing part, you may want to know more about Hero Xtreme NXT. Please wait. More interesting facts will come to our desk and we will keep you updated.
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