Upcoming 100-650cc Bikes In 2024: Hero XPulse 210, Ronin-based Cruiser & More
Featured Stories by Team Drivio | 30th Dec 23
Bajaj could bring in the Pulsar NS400, something we’ve been wanting since a while
- Hero has the XPulse 210 and the Xtreme 210R in the pipeline
- Both bikes will benefit from Hero’s 210cc engine from the Karizma
- Royal Enfield also has the Hunter 450 in the pipeline
For enthusiasts eagerly eyeing the 100-650cc bike segment in India, the upcoming releases in 2024 promise a diverse array of options. From practical commuters to high-performance track machines, this segment caters to a wide spectrum of riders. Let's delve into the comprehensive list of bikes set to hit the Indian market in 2024.
Hero MotoCorp, a prominent player in the commuter bike segment, has revamped its lineup with feature-rich Xtec variants, excluding the HF Deluxe and HF100. However, speculation suggests a possible introduction of an Xtec variant for the Hero HF Deluxe in 2024.
Anticipated features for the top-tier variant include a fully digital instrument console, Bluetooth connectivity with call and SMS alerts, and distinctive colour options. The expected price for this variant is around Rs 3,000 more than the standard version, currently priced at Rs 69,718 (ex-showroom).
Building on the success of the Xtreme 160R, Hero MotoCorp is poised to launch the Hero Xtreme 125R, a sporty 125cc bike set to compete with the TVS Raider 125. Spotted in testing, the Xtreme 125R is projected to hit the market in early 2024, with an estimated price of around Rs 95,000 (ex-showroom).
Hero might also unveil the XPulse 210, featuring the Karizma XMR's 210cc liquid-cooled engine, positioning it as an ideal tourer. Furthermore, there are speculations about the XPulse 440, potentially integrating the torquey 440cc engine from the Harley-Davidson X440, offering a compelling adventure touring option. Additionally, the Xtreme 210R, equipped with a rev-happy 210cc engine, is on the horizon as well.
Royal Enfield Bikes:
Following the success of the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, the anticipated arrival of the Hunter 450 is imminent. Spotted during testing, this bike could serve as a formidable competitor to the impressive 2024 KTM 390 Duke.
Alongside the Hunter 450, Royal Enfield could also introduce some new colour schemes for its 350cc platform, which includes the Hunter 350, Classic 350, Meteor 350 and the most iconic of the lot, the Bullet 350. All of these are based on Royal Enfield’s new J-series platform which has been a rather impressive one for us. We’ve loved the smoothness the updated engine brings along with the sheer communicative nature of the new chassis.
Bajaj is set to make waves with the unveiling of India's first CNG bike, based on the design of the Bajaj CT models. The concept incorporates elements from the Bajaj Pulsar NS 125, featuring a unique perimeter frame to accommodate the large CNG tank. India has never seen a CNG bike before so this would be quite a revelation and could eat into the markets of the current 100cc commuters.
What using CNG as a fuel could do is help increase the mileage by a lot. We mean this new bike could actually deliver a mileage of close to 100kmpl in the real world, something the Indian market hasn’t seen since a while. And given how price sensitive we are and our growing fuel rates, this would definitely be the bike’s unique selling proposition once it’s launched in India.
Alongside this innovative release, Bajaj is gearing up for a potential launch of the NS400 in 2024, offering a revamped platform with the Dominar 400's 373cc engine. The Dominar 400 has always been a rather heavy motorcycle so giving it a new streetfighter platform could help address that issue, or at least we hope so.
In the wake of KTM's launch of the updated 250 Duke in India, expectations are high for the inclusion of the same engine in the Husqvarna 250s. The 2024 Vitpilen 250 has been spotted testing in India, adding to the anticipation for this stylish and performance-oriented bike. The cafe racer styling coupled with the updated, new engine that we found to be a lovely one could actually mean these Huskies could sell a lot more than they usually do.
Husqvarna was never able to catch up to the sales of KTM and we hope this engine helps them do so.
TVS Ronin-based cruiser:
TVS has filed a design patent for a cruiser, possibly based on the Ronin. With the Ronin's torquey engine, this cruiser aims to offer a powerful commuting experience.
More? Yes Please!
In addition to these major releases, 2024 is likely to bring forth mild updates and new colour schemes for existing commuter models from Bajaj, Hero, TVS, and Honda. Budget bike enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting year ahead!