In an attempt to dethrone the segment leader Honda Activa various two-wheeler manufacturers in the country have launched numerous models but none have been able to do the job. So to give it another shot the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp is rumoured to be testing a new variant of its Activa competitor Maestro. Recently, a test mule of the forthcoming Maestro Xoom which was recently revealed to the Hero MotoCorps dealers in an exclusive event was spotted testing on the roads.
It is clear from the most recent spy image and the information from the dealer event that the Maestro Xoom will have a somewhat different look than the outgoing Hero Maestro range. It will most likely get an entirely new digital instrumentation and LED lighting, and the bodywork will also boast an overall sportier design.
Sources claim that the Hero Maestro Xoom will feature the company’s exclusive i3S technology, which might make it more affordable. According to the company, the i3S can detect when the engine is idle at a stoplight. It turns the engine off automatically in certain circumstances. When the rider engages the clutch, the scooter restarts on its own. The main purpose of i3S is to conserve fuel. It may be turned on with a handlebar-mounted switch. Users have the option of keeping it off.
Other notable features of the new model include the use of traditional telescopic front forks and a single rear shock. The braking system is anticipated to include front drum/rear drum setups for more cheap models as well as front disc/rear drum setups. Cornering headlamps and 12-inch alloy wheels on the front and back of the Hero Maestro Xoom might be the two further distinctive features of the vehicle.
As for the powerplant side of things, Maestro Edge’s 110.9cc, air-cooled engine produces 8.7 Nm of maximum torque at 5,750 rpm and 8 hp of maximum power at 7,250 rpm will be used to power the new Maestro Xoom as well. The engine will come mated to a variable-speed drive and in the lineup, the Hero Maestro Xoom will most likely be positioned above Maestro Edge 110cc. For this, the company will definitely be charging a premium price. As of now, no information on the pricing of the new model has leaked online but currently, the outgoing Hero Maestro Edge 110cc models are priced at Rs 66,820 (drum) and Rs 73,498. (disc variant).
In other Hero MotoCorp news, the new Xpulse 300 and Xtreme 300S bikes from the company have reportedly been spotted being tested in the treacherous terrain of Ladakh. With RJ14 licence plates, which denote that they come from Hero MotoCorp’s R&D plant in Jaipur, both completely disguised motorcycles were spotted testing side by side on the roads of Ladakh. Both of these bikes feature more modernised bodies and a broader stance than their respective 200cc predecessors, which suggests that the 300cc engine will be more powerful and recently designed.