Hero MotoCorp has launched the all-new Hero Splendor iSmart motorcycle with i3S technology in the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 47,250.
The world’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp has launched the all new Hero Splendor iSmart motorcycle with i3S technology (idle stop and start system) in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 47,250 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new bike was first presented at the recently concluded 2014 Delhi Motor Show.
The highlight of the new Hero Splendor iSmart is of course, the innovative i3S technology, which is a start-stop system that shuts the engine down, while the bike is idling and in neutral, and automatically starts the engine as soon as the clutch is depressed and you slot the bike in gear. This technology is going to be instrumental in increasing the already impressive fuel economy of the bike. As of now however, Hero has not revealed any details regarding the mileage numbers.
Technical-wise, the new Hero Splendor iSmart sports a 100cc air-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine that is capable of producing 7.8PS of max power at 7,500rpm and a peak torque of 8.04Nm at 4,500rpm. Drum brakes are bolted on to the tubeless tyres with black alloys to manage the braking on this 100cc bike.
Design wise, the Splendor iSmart debuts the much needed cosmetic updates to the range of Hero motorcycles in India. The iSmart has been blessed with new panels, graphics and new paint schemes. The refreshed instrumentation cluster now features an analogue speedometer, odometer and fuel meter, followed by basic warning lights. Switch-gear includes, the start-stop button on the right to manage the iSmart technology. Saddle on the iSmart gets red stitching to give it a more premium feel, with split grab rails. The motorcycle is being offered in a total of four colours with new graphics – Sports Red, Leaf Green, Excellent Blue and Heavy Grey.
The all-new Hero Splendor iSmart is now available on sale across all Hero dealerships in the country and is priced at Rs 49,967 (ex-showroom, Mumbai), Rs 48,192 (ex-showroom, Chennai), Rs 48,549 (ex-showroom, Kolkatta) and Rs 48,014 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru).
Hero’s latest offering, the Splendor iSmart has definitely taken the commuter motorcycle segment to a whole new level with the introduction of the innovative i3S technology and the fresh approach to its design and styling. That said, the Splendor iSmart even at a competitive price won’t be able to escape the fierce competition in the Indian market from the Honda Dream Yuga that is priced at Rs 48,682 and the Bajaj Discover 100M, which retails at Rs 46,023 (Both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.)