Who doesn’t know about Royal Enfield in India? It has made its name with iconic cruiser bikes. But in the last few years, Royal Enfield has gambled with off-road focused bikes like the Himalayan. Royal Enfield is working on the 450cc Himalayan. At the same time, Hero is also working on the 400cc Xpulse.  So can the Xpulse 400 take on the Himalayan 450? In today’s article, let’s talk about the Himalayan 450 rival. 


Xpulse 400

Himalayan 450 rival

The Xpulse 200 has carved out its segment in the market. It is the cheapest off-road-focused bike in the country and is often praised for its nimbleness and off-road capabilities. Now Hero has sensed a need for a bigger version of the Xpulse. This Xpulse 400 has been spotted testing several times in various parts of the country. Spy shots have revealed some subtle design changes like upright handles and a big fuel tank design and an gear seating position. According to reports, Hero wants to give buyers more options by bringing a road-focused and off-road-oriented variant. It’s a smart strategy as it helps the brand target casual off-roaders and also hardcore enthusiasts. 


Himalayan 450 rival

Hero is developing this all-new 400cc engine for the Xpulse 400. Hero is developing this engine for the Xpulse and the Xtreme 400S. From reports, this engine could be a 421cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. This engine is expected to produce 39bhp & 40Nm of torque. Also, the Xpulse 400 could be tuned to produce more lower-end torque. 

Himalayan 450 rival – Launch timeline

Himalayan 450 rival

Hero is yet to confirm anything about the Xpulse 400, but the test mules are being spotted occasionally. According to estimates, Hero could launch this bike sometime in 2023. The Hero could be looking to bring it before the upcoming Himalayan 450. What about the pricing? We think it could be priced somewhere around Rs 2.70 lakh (ex-showroom). 

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