Hero Motocorp had plans to introduce 4 premium entry-level motorcycles in India, between 200-300cc before April 2020. As of now, one out of that list is already on sale, while two are upcoming for sure.
The upcoming lineup includes the Xpulse 200 and the Xpulse 200T. Now, as per the latest media reports, we get to know that Hero is developing the Hero XF3R 300cc naked bike for the Indian market.
Its concept was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. With three bikes in the tow, the remaining 1 bike still remains a mystery. So, we expect Hero to bring up this 300cc motorcycle by the end of this year.
A 300cc naked bike from Hero Motocorp sounds cool! Right?
The Hero XF3R will follow a pure naked styling stance. The concept version showcased came with a dual tone silver with red inserts over the cradle frame, skid plate, and the rear wheels.
Since it a concept, we do not expect the same colour combination. One thing that you would notice is the rather high exhaust muffler. Well, that would not come in the production model because of its rather unusual position. Also, it could get the gold-anodized upside forks.
So what will the engine specs of the Hero XF3R be?
The Hero XF3R will come with a single-cylinder 300cc liquid cooled engine. It could get twin overhead camshafts and fuel injection system for better performance.
The estimated power figure from this engine is around 30 BHP and the estimated torque is around 30 Nm. The engine could come paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Like the Hero XPulse 200, this naked bike will also come with many features!
The Xpulse 200 ADV comes with a lot of features, which are not even there on the Xtreme 200R. Now, the Hero XF3R could also get a similar feature list.
It could come with a dual-channel ABS, a fully digital instrument cluster, clip-on handlebars, split seats, LED headlamps with DRLs and a monoshock rear shock absorber suspension.
After all this, you might think about the price.
Hero Motocorp will most probably place its upcoming 300cc naked bike around the Bajaj Dominar. So, we expect a price of around Rs 1.5-1.6 Lakhs. At this price, it will undercut the BMW G 310R, Benelli TNT 300 and KTM Duke 390. Now, it might be a perfect rival to the Dominar.
Looks like Hero is gearing up for a foothold in the entry-level premium motorcycle segment. The Xtreme 200R was priced much lower than its rivals, so we expect the Xpulse 200 and Hero XF3R to follow a similar pricing style.
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