The Hero Passion has been ruling the commuter segment for quite some time now. It has been in a cat and mouse game with TVS Star City plus for the top spot. The age-old success formula which works even today’s date is to have good mileage. The Hero Passion Pro truly shines in terms of the mileage and the city rideability. Now by launching an updated Hero Passion Pro BS6 model, it will enhance its potential and consequently the sales. Let’s see the changes on the bike and does it fulfil your needs.
The design is what an individual sees at first glance, and we have to say it that it truly attracts attention due to its muscular styling and attractive colour schemes. The Passion Pro BS6 comes with a completely new chassis and the body panels. The tank now gets the big cowl that makes the bike look bolder and sharper. It now gets a completely redesigned headlamp unit which looks better meshed and sleek than before. Overall the bike looks and feels more premium than the preceding model. The bike has now offered with new colour schemes- Sportts Red, Techno Blue, Moon Yellow and Glaze Black.
The Hero Passion Pro BS6 now comes with the new engine, which is borrowed from the Hero iSmart BS6. The engine is a 113.2 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled unit, fuel-injected unit. The engine churns out 9.15 bhp of max power at 7,500 rpm and 9.79 Nm peak torque at 5,000 rpm. Considering the BS4 counterpart the power has gone down by around 0.15 bhp, however, the torque output has increased by significant 0.79 Nm. Similar to the other Hero’s bike the Passion Pro BS6 comes with the brand’s idle start-stop system, which maximizes the fuel efficiency by 5 percent claimed by the brand.
As discussed earlier, the Hero Passion BS6 comes with new diamond frame chassis, which is said to have a reduction in the weight. This will eventually have a boost in the mileage. The suspension duty is managed by the telescopic suspension at the front and dual hydraulic spring suspension at the rear. The front suspension travel has been increased by 14 percent while the rear suspension has been increased by 10 percent. The ground clearance has gone up by almost 9 percent, which will be helpful for the Indian roads.
The bike now comes with the new semi-digital instrument cluster. The cluster shows various important variables such as mileage, trip-meter. The seat has now improved cushioning compared with the preceding model. Other key features include the side-stand engine inhibitor, which is our personal favourite.
The price has now gone up by around Rs 7,000-9,000 depending on the variant when compared with BS4 counterpart. The BS6 model now costs at Rs 64, 990 for the drum variant and Rs 6,740 for the disc variant. It will be competing against the TVS Star City plus and Honda CD 110.