- Hero Splendor iSmart Price- INR 57,200 (OTR, Navi Mumbai)
- Hero Splendor iSmart Launch Date- January 29, 2014
We reported in detail when Hero MotoCorp, India’s largest selling bike maker, unveiled the new Hero Splendor iSmart along with a slew of new models way back in October last year.
While Hero MotoCorp hasn’t yet launched the new Splendor iSmart in Indian bike market, the good chaps at Motorbeam have come to know from their reliable sources that the first batch of iSmart bikes has been dispatched to the dealerships. They also claim that the new Hero Splendor iSmart launch will happen on 29th January this year. The upcoming Splendor variant will be INR 2000 dearer than the current top end variant and the the Hero Splendor iSmart price will be INR 57,200/- (on-road, Navi Mumbai). It is being said that the new Hero Splendor iSmart will command a waiting period of a couple of weeks right from its launch. This is due to the great response the new bike has received from prospective buyers.
The new Splendor iSmart’s claim to fame is the new Idle Stop-Start System (i3s). This new feature will definitely give the iSmart an edge over its immediate rivals by helping the upcoming bike achieve better fuel economy figures in the ‘mileage-conscious’ market it will cater to.
The new Idle Stop-Start system works much like Mahindra’s ‘micro-hybrid’ system and cuts off the ignition on sensing that the engine has been idling for a considerable period of time. The engine wakes up from sleep as soon as it senses that the rider wants the rider wants the bike to move ahead. This is exactly how the new feature would ensure that the bike saves some unleaded in heavy-traffic and other similar conditions.
Other than this cool feature, the bike also boasts of new body graphics (can a new Hero Splendor variant possibly come without new graphics?), electric start, new instrument console and black painted alloy wheels.
Mechanically though, the bike remains unchanged. The new Hero Splendor iSmart will continue to be powered by the same tried and tested 97.2cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the regular Splendor variants. This decade old engine has a max power of 7.8 PS @ 7500 RPM and a peak torque of 8.04 Nm @ 4500 RPM.
Are you looking forward the the new Hero Splendor iSmart launch? Do you think it would be a worthy rival to the more powerful and feature-laden Discover 100M?
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