Our dealership sources have confirmed that the BS-6 Hero Splendor i-Smart units have started reaching them and the launch will mostly be next month.
Hero Motocorp has started its transition to the BS-6 norms, as its first updated model, the Splendor i-Smart is ready and has started reaching dealerships. Our sources have hinted that the launch is most likely to happen next month.
In June this year, Hero announced that it had received the BS-6 certification for Splendor i-Smart 110 from ICAT, as it was the first two-wheeler in India to receive the compliance certification, even earlier than the Activa 125.
Although reports suggest that the updated bikes have started reaching dealerships for documentation and other internal purposes, we can always expect a festive season launch.
The engine specs of the BS-6 compliant Splendor are not revealed yet. In its current specs, the 109cc air-cooled engine produces 9 BHP at 7500 RPM and 9 Nm at 5500 RPM, with a 4-speed gearbox. This motorcycle comes with Hero’s i3S (Idle Start-Stop System) technology, which basically switches off the engine when the motorcycle is idle.
Hero has started introducing the i3S technology in other models like the Destini 125 and Hero Maestro Edge 125 scooter. The technology is helpful in increasing the fuel economy, by 10-20% margin.
For suspension, Splendor i-Smart will continue with telescopic forks at the front and 5-step adjustable shock absorbers at the back. For braking, 130mm drum brakes at both the ends are used, as there is no disc brake offered.
With the updated engine, expect the prices of Splendor i-Smart to increase by 10-15%, around Rs 6000-8000. It will continue to rival the likes of Bajaj Platina 110, Honda Dream Yuga, TVS Radeon and Yamaha Saluto. Meanwhile, Hero is going to discontinue some of its models ahead of BS-6 norms, including Achiever 150 and 100cc Splendor variants.