India’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp, seems to be eyeing India’s premium scooter market. The home-grown two-wheeler manufacturer recently teased its upcoming adventure maxi-scooter, set to be showcased at EICMA 2023, which will take place from November 7 to November 12 at Milan in Italy.
In the short video, Hero describes it as an “SUV on two wheels”. The video ends with the sub-text reading “an adventure awaits” with the emphasis on words like “X-PLORE, X-CITE, and X-PERIENCE”; suggesting the scooter’s eminent naming pattern.
Like most adventure scooters globally, the upcoming Hero two-wheeler gets a Maxi-scooter styling, in line with Yamaha Aerox 155 and Aprilia SR 160.
Looking at the teaser, it looks massive and makes its presence felt. As per Rushlane, there is a tall windscreen too, that adds to visual drama of this machine and offers some level of wind protection. Going by recent windscreens by Hero, this one is likely to be adjustable too, by a small margin.
We can also see a dual headlight setup that wouldn’t look out of place on a big bike. Design patents reveal a tiny beak-like element too, amplifying its ADV roots more. Wheels look like they are 14 inches in size, contributing to the overall stance. Front suspension is in the form of RSU telescopic forks and seems to be long-travel ones. Rear gets a twin shock absorber setup. The swingarm-mounted engine looks unlike any other Hero scooter.
Reports indicate that the upcoming adventure maxi scooter is likely to borrow its powertrain from the Xtreme 160 4V. This means it is likely to be powered by a 163cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. In Xtreme, this motor churns out 16.6 bhp and 14.6 Nm of peak torque. Expect it to be slightly detuned in the upcoming scooter.