According to Autocar India, Hero MotoCorp is readying a 300cc motorcycle to go against the likes of KTM Duke390, KTM Duke250, and the bikes from TVS-BMW partnership like BMW G310 R , G310 GS and TVS Apache RR 310. The bike will be based on XFR3 concept showcased at Auto Expo 2016.
According to Autocar Professional’s(Autocar India sister magazine) sources privy to the project, the new motorcycle is in the final stages of validation. The new 300cc model, along with the incoming 200cc Xtreme and the XPulse adventure motorcycle (revealed at EICMA 2017), will sit atop all other products in Hero’s portfolio and will mark Hero’s foray into the growing mid-size motorcycle segment.
The new 300cc motorcycle will be positioned as the natural upgrade option for many of its existing customers who have been riding executive commuter motorcycles. Replying to Autocar India / Autocar Professional’s query on the sidelines of the EICMA Show in Milan in November 2017 on Hero MotoCorp’s plan of retaining its large customer base with new premium and aspirational products, Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp, had said, “I am sure when you will see me after the Auto Expo, having seen this (the XPulse) and some of the products at the Auto Expo and the directional posture that Hero MotoCorp has taken, you will change your view. We are putting a lot of focus on some of the areas such as the high growth segments.”
Source: Autocar India