Spy Shots Reveal Hero’s Latest Maxi Scooter – Could It Be a Challenger to the Aerox 155?
New Hero Maxi Scooter Spotted Testing – Potential Rival to Yamaha Aerox 155?
Recently, a heavily camouflaged maxi-scooter from Hero MotoCorp was seen undergoing testing near their R&D center in Jaipur. This scooter appears to be very similar to the one showcased in its design patent. With the test mule appearing close to production-ready, it wouldn’t be surprising to see its launch during the festive season or by the end of this year. Credit goes to automotive enthusiast Pushpender for sharing these exclusive spy shots.
The upcoming Hero maxi-scooter boasts several noteworthy features. It showcases a split headlamp setup, a sleek angular front fascia, stylish rearview mirrors, and sharp turn indicators. Expectations point towards an all-LED lighting system for the scooter. Notably, it sports a compact, upswept exhaust. The side panels exhibit sharp design elements, contributing to its sporty appearance. The scooter’s stepped seat has a raked design, offering a sporty stance while ensuring optimal control and maneuverability in busy city streets. The single-piece seat appears comfortable for both the rider and pillion. However, the test mule lacks the rear rack seen in the design patent, suggesting it may be offered as an optional accessory. Additionally, the scooter is equipped with an ergonomically positioned handlebar.
Although not clearly visible in the images, it is expected that Hero’s new maxi-scooter will feature a fully digital instrument console. Moreover, it might incorporate telematics features accessible through the Hero Connect mobile app. These telematics features could include ignition alert, SoS alert, accident/crash alert, topple alert, over-speed alert, theft alert, battery removal alert, geofence alert, and remote immobilization.
In terms of performance and specifications, Hero’s maxi-scooter is likely to be a competitor to the Yamaha Aerox 155. If that’s the case, it might borrow the 163cc, air-cooled engine from the Xtreme 160R. This powerplant produces a maximum power of 15 bhp and a peak torque of 14 Nm. Some adjustments may be made to tailor the engine’s characteristics to suit the scooter’s specific requirements. For reference, the Aerox 155 is equipped with a 155cc, liquid-cooled engine, generating 15 PS and 13.9 Nm of torque. The Hero maxi-scooter features telescopic forks at the front and a single-sided monoshock unit at the rear, along with a front disc brake. It is anticipated that single-channel ABS will be offered as a standard safety feature. Notably, the scooter boasts large 14-inch alloy wheels, providing improved street presence and ensuring smoother and safer rides even on rough surfaces.
To attract customers, Hero may price its first-ever maxi-scooter competitively. While the Aerox 155 starts at around Rs 1.43 lakh, Hero’s maxi-scooter could potentially launch at approximately Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom).
Overall, with its intriguing design, anticipated features like telematics, and potential performance rivaling the Yamaha Aerox 155, Hero’s upcoming maxi-scooter is generating significant excitement in the market. Customers eagerly await its official launch and the opportunity to experience a blend of style, performance, and affordability in the maxi-scooter segment.
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