Hero MotoCorp is testing a new generation of the Hero Xtreme 160R, which will likely be launched in India soon.
The approaching 2023 Hero Xtreme 160R is expected to be a minor upgrade over the current version. The latest spied unit looks more significant than the current generation, suggesting it is developed to keep up with the increasing competition.
The pictured bike is an early prototype with a headlamp and LED daytime running lamp at its front, while the rear gets clear turn indicators.
The tail end takes inspiration from sports bikes. The front end looks bulky.
Expect minor changes
The update will bring minor changes to the design, including new body panels for the front and rear fenders and a new headlight design. The bike has new exhausts from its tail end, with a single-piece muffler.
This is the same bike which has been featured in a lot of spy videos before and also seen several times with its test mule based on the current generation Xtreme 160R.
Although this model is expected to remain unchanged regarding features, we hope the company will add upgrades on the ergonomics front to improve fuel efficiency and overall drivability.
Regarding the powertrain stance, the 2023 Xtreme 160R could get an updated instrument console with more data besides the existing displays like speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge etc. It could also receive an additional connectivity feature, namely Bluetooth.
However, we don’t see any change in the telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear. The same goes with the alloy wheels, with 17-inch alloy wheels that will be carried forward from the existing model.
It will also have single-channel ABS as standard, with disc brakes on both ends.
As for the engine, we could see a few updates from Hero Motorcorp as the current 163cc air-cooled motor makes 15bhp and 14Nm of peak torque with five-speed transmission.
When it comes to the price, we will see a rise in the price due to these upgrades, which will cost Rs. 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom). The new 2023 Hero Xtreme 160R will compete with Bajaj Pulsar N160 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.
Expect the bike to be launched by the end of 2023.