End of the road for Hero Xtreme 200S, 200R and Xpluse 200T?

NEW DELHI: Hero MotoCorp In 2018 it launched Xtreme 200 R, embarking on an optimistic journey to capitalize on a revamped 200cc powertrain, after turning its back on the iconic Karizma ZMR. A year later, the country's largest manufacturers stepped forward, showing Xtreme 200S, Xpulse 200, and. The intention was clear, the ambition was to attack in the 150-200 cc segment, a highly contested arena.

Hero's four-pronged attack aimed to grab everyone's attention: from the sporty traveler to the rugged off-road. The imposing vision is abruptly interrupted in the BS-VI era. Except for the widely accepted Xpulse 200, all others in the 200 series have been removed from the official website along with Passion XPro, indicating an early retirement.

03:12 First Look: Hero Xtreme 160R  First Look: Hero Xtreme 160R

The likes of Splendor Plus i3S, Passion Pro i3S, Passion XPro, and Glamor Fi, which contribute most of the sales, have been updated with BS-VI alternatives. The renovation process has also entered the scooter segment. The popular 110cc offerings, Maestro Edge and Duet, received a change of heart and are now more powerful and expensive, thanks to 125cc upgrades.

05:24 Hero XPulse 200 road test exam  Hero XPulse 200 road test exam

Hero MotoCorp pulling the plugs on three models based on 200-cc, single-pod, air-cooled, engine, can be originating from multiple factors. The obvious and certain explanation could be the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, derailing motorcycle manufacturer's plans. The Xpulse 200T, Xtreme 200S and Xtreme 200R's omission from the website could very likely be due to the supply chain disruption and non-availabilty of BS-VI homologation.

05:15 Hero Xtreme 200S - First Trip Review  Hero Xtreme 200S - First Trip Review

That said, MotoCorp has already unveiled the Xtreme 160R, based on the EICMA-showcase Xtreme 1.R, which is touted to become the next flagship in the company's portfolio. A BS-VI ready, is likely to be priced around Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom), offering it an upper hand over TVs Apache RTR160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer 155, and other rivals in terms of price war. As history suggests, Hero MotoCorp could do the same with Xtreme 160R what it did with the 200R. Similarly, the journey of Impulse 160 to Xpulse 200 was a story of perfecting and improvising on simple things. An extension of 160R in fully-faired, off-roader and tourer avatars could also be a probably reason behind the phase-out of Xtreme 200R, 200S and Xpluse 200T.