The country's largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp today announced the market launch of its new Passion PRO and Passion XPRO motorcycles priced at Rs 53,189 and Rs 54,189 respectively (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Passion Pro is powered by Hero's new, vertically-inclined, 109cc air-cooled single cylinder engine that debuted on the Splendor iSmart previous year.
Hero MotoCorp is the clear market leader with over 50% market share in the domestic motorcycle market in India, and also lead s the 100-110cc segment with over 75% market share. The Passion 100cc has been now growing at around 20 per cent, Bhasin added. "We are confident that the launch of these two new generation Passion 110cc motorcycles will further consolidate our leadership in the domestic motorcycle market". It's available in five colour schemes - sports red, black monotone, force silver, heavy grey metallic and frost blue metallic.
Key new features on the motorcycles include a digital-analog instrument cluster with digital Fuel Gauge, trip meter, an All-Time Headlamp On (AHO) function and a side stand indicator.
2018 Hero Passion XPro is the sportier version of the two motorcycles. In addition, the Passion XPro has a longer swingarm, stiffer suspension setup and it is heavier by about 3 kg than the Passion Pro. The bikes boast a slight increase in power and also minor styling updates. The Passion features tank extensions and that results in slightly smaller 9.2-litre fuel tank over Passion Pro.
Talking about the powertrain, the 2018 Hero Passion Pro and Passion XPro use the same 109 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor.
It looks like Hero MotoCorp is on a launch spree in India.
The 110cc TOD (Torque on Demand) engine produces maximum power output of 7.0 (9.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm. Also, Hero's i3S (idle-stop-start system) comes standard to enhance fuel economy. Other components remain identical too with telescopic forks up front and a twin-shock setup at the rear. Both the models are offered with drum as well as disc variants.