Hero HX250 is coming by early 2017. At the moment, the company is reconsidering its strategy if it should it a 250cc bike or just launch the 300cc. At the same time, the chassis of the HX250 is being redesigned. The HX250 shown at the 2016 Auto Expo was the same HX250R frame with a fairing. The company wants to redesign the styling of the bike to make it ready for 2017. There is a plan to get a bigger bike, but at the moment Hero is contemplating to get either a 250cc or a 300cc only.
The HX250(R) was first unveiled way back in 2014 when it was under development by Hero Motocorp along with its erstwhile technical partner EBR (Erik Buell Racing). The launch of the bike got delayed due to EBR going bankrupt and later Hero taking charge of building this machine by itself. The production ready version of the bike displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo.
Hero HX250 Design
The Hero HX250 is a fully-faired bike that has a contemporary design with bold lines all over. The chassis is a geodesic tubular frame and has the engine as a stressed member. The front fairing houses twin headlamps with the windscreen appearing to emerge from between the headlamps. The windscreen is also slightly longish to improve aerodynamics.The turn indicators are placed on the sides of the fairing and are not integrated ones. The lower part of the fairing has large air scoops with the HX250 branding below them. The HX250 comes with clip-on handles look neat.the fuel tank has a unique shape with squarish lines and an inset on the sides for knee grip. There is a black cladding that runs on top of the tank and extends to the seat.
The seat is a two-piece, step type one. It is quite slim and flat. The rear grab handles are neatly placed two-piece units. The underseat exhaust interestingly emerges from the tail piece and looks unique. However, we are not fans of the awkward looking taillamps that look similar to the Karizma ZMR. The wheels are 17-inch alloys with Pirelli Sport Demon tyres.
Hero HX250 Engine
The HX250 is fitted with a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid cooled 249cc engine that churns out 31bhp of power and a peak torque of 26Nm. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with optimized ration selection. It is also equipped with an advanced multi-sensor fuelling system to deliver optimal fuelling to the engine. The performance figures seem to be good with a company claimed figure of 0-60 km/h in 2.7 secs.
The bike features a Dual Mode Fuel Injection (DMFi) mode – eco and power. Eco mode will give less performance and more fuel efficiency whereas the power mode delivers a higher performance. The light kerb weight of 136 kg,helps the bike derive a quicker acceleration. The bike features a telescopic front fork and a rear monoshock. The braking is carried out by a 300mm disc at front and 220mm discs at the rear. The hydraulic calipers have been designed by Brembo with combined brakes and ABS as an option.
Hero HX 250 Mileage
The mileage of the HX250 is expected to be in the range of 35-40 km/l. This will be the company’s all new bike.
Hero HX 250 Price and Launch Date
The Hero HX250 will be priced around INR 1.8 – 2.0 lakhs (on-road). It is expected to be launched by mid 2016. The HX250 will rival the KTM RC200, Honda CBR250R and Hyosung GD250R.
Hero HX 250 Features
Twin projector headlamps
LED daytime running lamps
Dual map riding modes – Eco and Power
Hero HX250 Specifications
Engine: 249cc, single-cylinder DOHC , four-stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injection
Power: 31bhp@9000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Ground Clearance: 145 mm
Kerb Weight: 139 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.9 litres