The 2020 Hero Passion Pro comes with an all-new 110 cc, single-cylinder engine which is not carburetted, but now gets what Hero calls the XSens Programmed fuel injection system. The 110 cc engine is said to deliver high fuel economy, and is said to have 9 per cent more power and 22 per cent more peak torque than the outgoing model. The engine is tuned to put out maximum power of 9.02 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 9.79 Nm at 5,000 rpm, and gets a four-speed gearbox with an all-up shift pattern. From the experience of our brief first ride at the test track, the new Passion Pro has a smooth and refined engine, and is likely to be positioned as a premium entry-level commuter motorcycle from the Indian manufacturer, with decent fuel economy too.
The 2020 Passion Pro also gets an all-new diamond type frame, and suspension travel has also been increased. The front suspension travel has been increased by 14 per cent, while rear suspension travel has been increased by 10 per cent. The ground clearance has also been increased by 9 per cent, to provide more leverage while handling broken roads and the like. Overall, the riding position is neutral, and our first impressions are positive.
The all-new body of the Passion Pro comes with a new sleek headlamp, signature tail-lamp and triple tone graphics, giving it a premium and trendy appeal. The new Passion Pro is available in a choice of four colour combination - Sports Red, Techno Blue, Moon Yellow and Glaze Black. New decals add to the sporty and premium design of the new Hero Passion Pro.
The new Hero Passion Pro comes with Auto Sail technology, which essentially lets the rider crawl ahead in traffic, without downshifting, and also with standard engine idle start-stop system, called the i3S, which will shut down the engine at stop lights and will restart at the pull of the clutch lever. The new digital-analogue speedometer console also offers real-time fuel efficiency indicator, to help riders adapt their riding style to get optimum fuel consumption.
Hero MotoCorp has launched the new Passion Pro i3S with an updated engine which now meets BS-IV emission regulations. Along with the BS-IV engine, the Passion Pro i3S also features the i3S system, the start-stop feature which switches off the engine when idling in neutral and starts automatically when the clutch is pulled in. The Hero Passion Pro i3S also comes with the automatic headlight on (AHO) feature, which will become mandatory for all new two wheelers later this year.Prices for the new Passion Pro i3S start at Rs 50,955 for the drum brake version with spoked wheel. Two more variants are available - drum brake with alloy wheel at Rs 51,905 (ex-showroom Delhi) and the top-of -the-line disc brake with alloy wheel variant at Rs 53,805 (ex-showroom Delhi). There are no other major changes on the bike, with the same 97.2 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, carburetted engine which makes 8.24 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 8.05 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Visually too, there are no major changes or upgrades to the new Passion Pro i3S.
The new Hero Passion Pro is available in two variants - a self-start with front drum brake and alloy wheels, priced at Rs 64,990 (Ex-showroom, Delhi), and a self-start variant with front disc brake, priced at Rs 67,190 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).