Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – How is it better?


Hero Xpulse 200 comes as a better replacement for the flop show Hero Impulse. So, here are a few things that make it better from Impulse.

Hero Motocorp is finally launching the Xpulse 200 ADV bike this year. It was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo along with Xtreme 200R.

The launch has been delayed a lot but XPulse is still awaited in India. It mainly suffices for beginner riders who are just starting out for off-roading, touring trails and more.

Hero Impulse was another off-roader from the Hero stable. It was launched back in 2013 but was discontinued in 2017. Due to its poor sales over the years, the production of the bike was stopped.

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So, a lot of buyers might be doubting about Hero Xpulse 200 and what happened with Impulse. With this comparison story, we clear all your doubts between the two.

Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Price

Hero Xpulse 200Hero Impulse
PricesRs 1.1 Lakhs (exp)Rs 70,000

Xpulse 200 is expected to be priced at Rs 1.1 Lakhs. It will definitely be costlier than Xtreme 200R, which goes for Rs 90,000.

Impulse was a lot cheaper, priced at Rs 70,000. It is cheaper than many of the 150cc motorcycles today.

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Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Engine

Hero Xpulse 200Hero Impulse
Engine200cc air-cooled149.5cc air-cooled
Power18 BHP13 BHP
Torque17 Nm13.4 Nm

Xpulse uses the same engine that comes in Xtreme 200R. The 199.5cc air-cooled engine produces 18 BHP and 17 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.

Impulse came with a 149.5cc air-cooled engine, borrowed from Xtreme Sports. The engine produced 13 BHP and 13.4 Nm of peak torque. It came mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

Looking at the engine capacity, definitely Xpulse is the clear winner. Plus the advantage of a 6th gear, adds more to the bike.

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Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse -Mileage

Hero Xpulse 200Hero Impulse
Fuel Tank Capacity12.4 Litres11.1 Litres
Mileage (est)42 kml50 kmpl
Riding Range520 kms550 kms
Top-Speed 120 km/hr (est)107 km/hr

The official figures have not come yet, but we expect it to get a fuel tank capacity of 12.4 Litres. With an estimated mileage of 42 kmpl, it will offer a riding range of more than 500 kms. We expect the bike to achieve a top speed of 120 km/hr.

Impulse came with a smaller 11.1 Litre fuel tank. However, it delivered a mileage of around 50 kmpl. So, the total riding range offered was more than 550 kms. The top speed recorded on this bike 107 km/hr.

Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse –Design

Hero XPulse 200

Design wise, more or less, both the motorcycles look similar enough. Many styling cues are similar, because both are designed at dirt bikes.

If you look carefully, you might feel that Xpulse is slimmer than Impulse. No doubt, Impulse looked like a dirt bike, but Xpulse is even better at it.

Styling cues on Xpulse include beak-shaped mudguard, a tall windscreen, engine belly pan, knuckle guards and the typical dirt bike type seat.

One advantage that Impulse had was its high positioned exhaust muffler. The upcoming model also gets an upswept exhaust for high water wading capability.

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Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Features

Hero Xpulse 200 gets many premium features, even more than Xtreme 200R. Following are the features:

  1. Fully Digital Instrument Cluster
  2. Switchable ABS
  3. GPS Navigation, Call Notification, Distance to empty and more information on the cluster
  4. LED Headlamps
  5. LED tail lights
  6. Engine Kill Switch
  7. Service Due Indicator

Impulse came with very few features, that can match up to the good of Xpulse 200. Following are the features:

  1. Digital-Analogue Instrument Cluster
  2. Front Disc Brake
  3. Halogen headlamp
  4. LED tail lamp
  5. Service Due Indicator

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Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Dimensions

Hero Xpulse 200Hero Impulse
Ground Clearance220mm245mm
Weight147kgs134 kgs

The official figures have not been disclosed yet. We just know that Xpulse gets a ground clearance of 220mm and weighs approximately 147 kgs. Impulse gets a better ground clearance of 245mm and lesser weight of 134 kgs.

Higher ground clearance and low weight are the main things that are required for a perfect off-roading bike. Technically, Impulse wins in this department.

Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Suspension

Hero Xpulse 200Hero Impulse
Front SuspensionLong Travel Telescopic ForksTelescopic Forks
Rear SuspensionGas-charged Mono Shock 10-step adjustable suspensionSwingarm with Mono Suspension with Nitrox
BrakesFront and Rear Disc with ABSFront Disc and Rear Drum

Xpulse gets long travel telescopic forks with rubber gaiters at the front. At the rear, it gets gas-charged 10-step adjustable mono-shocks. Impulse also used telescopic forks, but had a lower travel. For rear, it used swingarm with mono-suspension and Nitrox.

Xpulse will come with front and rear disc brake with ABS as standard fitment. Although, it is not sure whether it will a dual-channel or a single-channel. Provision of a switchable ABS will be helpful in off-roading.

Impulse came with a front disc brake a rear drum brake. However, at that time, the trend for ABS and such safety measures for not present.

Also Read: Hero Xtreme 200R Review – Commuter-focused Performance bike

Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Hero Impulse – Verdict

As you see, Hero Impulse was a bike, launched early into time. The demand for dual-purpose adventure motorcycles has increased from the past year. That’s why, many two-wheeler brands are coming up with their own options.

Still, the segment of ADV bikes is not much popular. Moreover, people have started using these type of motorcycles for daily commuting instead of occasional weekend touring or off-roading.

So, here are all your doubts solved regarding Xpulse 200. Turns out it is a much better option than Impulse.

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