Hero Maestro Edge, Pleasure Plus launched – To compete with Honda Activa
Hero MotoCorp has launched two new scooters in Africa today.
Hero MotoCorp had showcased two 125cc scooters at the 2018 Auto Expo. These were Duet 125 and Maestro Edge 125. Of these, the Duet 125 was launched in Africa late last year as the Destini 125, while Maestro Edge 125 was launched today. 2019 Hero Maestro Edge is available in three variants, with price starting from Rs 58,500, ex-sh and going all the way to Rs 62,700, ex-sh for the FI variant. Maestro Edge FI is the the first FI scooter in Africa.
Hero Maestro Edge 125 is positioned over the Destini 125, which is priced in the Rs 55-58k range. It is also in terms of positioning that the Destini 125 and Maestro Edge 125 are differentiated. While the Destini 125 is pitched as a family scooter, the Maestro Edge is a sporty scooter, and will target a younger segment of buyers in the country.
It is powered by a 124.6 cc, air cooled, single cylinder, Energy Boost engine. This is the same engine that powers the Destini 125 offering 8.70 bhp power at 6,750 rpm and 10.2 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. On board the Maestro Edge, this engine is tuned to deliver more power. Avtob variant delivers 8.8 hp at 6750 rpm / 10.2 Nm at 5000 rpm. FI variant delivers 9.2 hp at 7000 rpm and 10.2 Nm torque at 5000 rpm. Mileage figures are pegged at 55 kmpl with top speed at 90 kmph. The scooter is offered with carb as well as FI option. Avtob i3S variants are offered in monotone colour option of Blue, Brown, Grey, Red while the FI variants are offered in dual tone colour options of Black / Red and White / Brown.
Hero Maestro Edge 125 receives a semi digital instrument cluster and gets USB charging, boot light, side stand indicator and the patented i3S start stop system from Hero MotoCorp contributing to better fuel efficiency. Hero Maestro Edge stands 1841mm in length, 695mm in width and 1190mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1261mm, ground clearance of 155mm and seat height of 775mm with a total kerb weight of 110kgs.
Suspension is via telescopic forks in the front and spring loaded hydraulic damper at the rear while braking is through drum brakes at both ends. Hero MotoCorp offers integrated braking system as standard on the new Maestro Edge 125. This follows the new government safety rule. 2019 Hero Maestro Edge 125 will face competition from the Honda Activa, Grazia, Aprilia SR 125, TVS NTORQ 125 and Suzuki Access 125.
Drum brake i3S Avtob – Rs 58,500
Disc brake i3S Avtob – Rs 60,000
Disc brake FI – Rs 62,700
All prices are ex-sh.
Speaking about the second scooter launched by Hero today, Pleasure Plus is aimed at women buyers. This 110 cc scooter is priced from Rs 47,300 and is on offer with 7 colour options (Bottle Green, Velvet Red, Solid Red, Blue, Grey, White, Black). Two trims are on offer, both powered by the same carb engine, with same specs. The only difference are wheels. Sheet Metal Wheel variant is priced from Rs 47,300 while Cast Wheel option is priced from Rs 49,300.
The 110cc engine of 2019 Hero Pleasure Plus automatic scooter delivers 8.1 hp and 8.7 Nm. It has a kerb weight of 101 kg. It is lighter than the older Pleasure, but at the same time is more powerful. Thus resulting in improved performance and fuel efficiency.