The Bharat Stage VI or BS VI norms for emission which are roughly based on Euro 6 emission norms will kick in on 01 Apr 2020 all across the country. Several companies have already obtained certification for their engines and the proactive ones are launching their vehicles with BS VI engines already.
Hero Moto Corp, the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world and the leader in India launched their first BS VI bike. No prizes for guessing that the model is their most popular model in India, the Splendor. Hero Moto Corp launched the BS VI Splendor iSmart today. The bike is priced at a not very steep INR 64,900/- (USD 900).
The Hero Splendor iSmart is offered in two models, the drum brake and disc brake versions. It will be available in three colours, Techno Blue & Black, Sports Red & Black and Force Silver & Heavy Grey . The bike is powered by a 110 cc BS VI compliant fuel injected petrol engine which produces 9 HP at 7,500 rpm and 9.89 N-m of torque at 5,500 rpm. The Hero Splendor iSmart features the i3S technology providing better ride as well as fuel efficiency.
While unveiling the motorcycle Malo Le Masson, Head – Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said, “The Splendor iSmart is a clear testimony to the immense progress we have made in scaling up our in-house R&D capabilities in a short span of time. This is the first BS-VI compliant motorcycle homologated in the country with a new engine family, and a new chassis design, completely designed and developed at our Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. Conforming to stringent BS-VI emission norms, while improving the performance capabilities, style quotient and riding experience of the motorcycle is a remarkable feat. All these, under the successful Splendor franchise provide a highly appealing proposition for the customers. This marks the commencement of the transition of our product range to BS-VI norms.”