The newly-launched Hero Destini 125. Photograph:( WION )
India's largest bike manufacturer Hero MotoCorp finally made its entry into the fast-growing 125cc segment by launching the Desitini 125. Here are five things you need to know about the latest offering from Hero.
WHAT IS DESTINI 125?
A 125cc scooter, based on the Duet 125 that Hero showcased during the Auto Expo 2018. Developed completely in-house at Hero's Centre of Innovation & Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, the Destini 125 is more of a family city-commuter than a sports scooter like the TVS NTorq 125 or the Honda Grazia.
LOOKS & STYLING
It is a pretty simple, and clean-looking scooter. The chrome chest on the front is quite distinctive, and the chrome accents on the side do add a touch of premium-ness to the Destini 125. A layer of graphics run along the rear winkers & tail lamps that look cool. Even the dual-tone seat and the cast alloy wheels look gentle on the eye. Overall, the Desitini 125 does not look busy, and makes its presence felt in an elegant manner.
The instrument console is a mix of an analogue speedometer and a digital display that provides information like trip reading & fuel level. The console also houses a side-stand indicator along with service indicator. There is an external fuel filling port, an optional underseat mobile charger, and 10-inch tubeless tyres. Destini 125 is equipped with an integrated braking system (IBS). However, it misses out on a disc brake, and there are drum braked on both ends.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
Destini 125 boasts a new 125cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine mated to a CVT unit. It produces 8.8PS @6750rpm & 10.2 Nm @5000rpm. Most importantly, the scooter gets Hero's i3S technology, which is already present on Hero's commuter motorcycles. The i3S system (Idle Start-Stop System) helps the rider turn on the scooter with the help of pulling either of the brake levers and opening the throttle (without pressing the push-start button). This is helpful when the engine idling shuts off in city traffic especially at traffic signals. Hero claims a fuel efficiency figure of about 50 km/l, thanks to the i3S technology which provides better fuel efficiency. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front & a spring-loaded shock absorber at the rear.
PRICE & VARIANTS
The base variant, LX is priced at INR 54,650 & the top-variant, VX is priced at 57,500 (both ex-showroom Delhi). The Destini 125 goes up against the likes of Suzuki Access 125 & Honda Activa 125 in the Indian market. The new scooter from Hero is available in four metallic colours- Noble Red, Panther Black, Chestnut Bronze & Pearl Silver White.
WION PITSTOP'S FINAL WORD
Even though Hero is late to the party, they have finally realised the potential of the 125cc scooter segment. While a more sportier version could've helped Hero make some serious dents in the scooter market, the Desitini 125 does promise to be an interesting product. With so many new products out there in the market, and the festive season gaining rapid pace, Hero definitely have a tough job at hand with the Destini 125. However, given Hero's strong service network, and a proven track record of being India's number one bike maker, the Destini 125 should be able to attract buyers to Hero dealerships. Strictly product-wise, we at WION Pitstop would have loved to see the Destini 125 come equipped with disc brake (at least as an option).