Hero Destini 125 has been launched in India. It a family targeted 125cc scooter which goes against the likes of Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125. The prices of the scooter start at Rs 54,650 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Hero’s first 125cc scooter has been launched in India amidst the festive season. The Hero Destini 125 is a proper family oriented scooter with subtle and premium looks. The Destini is basically based on the Duet 125, which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Along with Duet, Hero also showcased the Maestro Edge 125 which will launch later. The Destini 125 is developed at Hero Motocorp’s Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, where it was also spotted earlier. The range-topping variant is priced at Rs 57,500 (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Destini 125 comes in two variants:
- LX – Rs 54,650
- VX – Rs 57,500
With the launch of Destini 125, it plans to take on the biggies in the 125cc segment. It is squarely aimed against Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125. Currently, it has Pleasure, Maestro Edge, and Duet in its scooter lineup. All of its three scooters are considerably doing good in the market.
Destini 125 gets a similar styling as the Duet but gets more curves and a sportier appeal. The front apron is curvier and thanks to black cast wheels, it looks a bit different from Duet. It gets a chrome detailed front bow and some more chrome highlights on the body. Overall, it is styled traditionally for a determined focus on its targeted buyers.
The Hero Destini 125 gets a 125cc air-cooled engine which produces 8.7 HP and 10.2 Nm of torque. Based on the figures, it gets more power than Activa 125 and Access 125. For fuel efficiency, it gets the i3S technology.
The i3S technology basically automatically switches off the engine when it is idling or at a traffic signal. Once you put the throttle, the engine is switched on automatically and you can resume riding. This technology helps in achieving high fuel efficiency.
The features aboard the Hero Destini 125 are as follows:
- Side Stand Indicator
- Digi-Analog cluster
- Pass light
- External fuel filling cap
- Mobile charging port
- Boot lamp
- Integrated Braking System
- Dual-Textured Seat
- All-time on headlamps
- Remote Key opening for fuel cap and boot
- Service Reminder
Most importantly, it misses out on the necessary optional front disc brake. While all of the other 125cc models offer one, Hero says that it will offer disc brake on the upcoming sportier 125cc Hero scooter.
The scooter is 1809 mm long, 729 mm wide and 1154 mm tall. The wheelbase of the scooter is 1245 mm long and has a ground clearance of 155 mm. The kerb weight of the scooter is 111.5 Kgs.
Hero Destini 125 comes in total 4 color options – Noble Red, Chestnut Bronze, Panther Black and Pearl Silver White.
Lastly, we talk about its competition. There are some features that Destini offers and the other two scooters do not offer and vice-a-versa. For starters, the Destini offers side-stand indicator, boot lamp, external fuel filling cap, and pass light. However, Destini, on the other hand, misses out on important features found in Gusto 125, Access 125 and Activa 125. Activa 125 gets LED headlamps and LED position lamps with ECO and seat opening switch.
If we see closely, the Access gets lesser features than Destini, but it comes with the important optional front disc brake. Compare these three scooters with Gusto and they miss out some unusual features. Gusto offers height adjustable seat, remote flip key option, Find-me-lamps and guide lamps. But even the Gusto misses out on the optional front disc brake.
As of now, Gusto 125 is priced the least of them at Rs 51,130. The Access and Activa are priced higher than Destini by Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.