The new Hero Achiever is going to be launched in India tomorrow. By giving the Achiever a few technological and cosmetic updates, Hero will attempt to bounce back in the executive commuter segment which is currently dominated by the Bajaj V15.
Though Hero hasn’t officially announced this yet, the new Achiever is expected to be the first 150cc motorcycle to get the company’s proprietary i3S technology. This technology switches off the engine when the motorcycle is kept idling in neutral for more than five seconds, thereby saving fuel. The i3S system starts the engine once again as soon as the rider pulls the clutch lever. Internally developed by Hero MotoCorp, this technology is currently used in the Splendor iSmart and the Splendor iSmart 110, hinting that the new Achiever might be rechristened as Achiever iSmart. Under the skin, we expect the Achiever to be powered by the same 149cc single-cylinder mill from the existing bike. This engine delivers 13bhp and 13Nm of torque through a five-speed transmission.
Apart from the inclusion of the i3S, we can safely expect Hero to give the bike a slew of cosmetic updates and new paint schemes to breathe life into the ageing commuter motorcycle. We can expect the new Achiever to be Rs 3,000 more expensive than the outgoing model. The Achiever competes with other executive 150cc commuter bikes like the Bajaj V15 and the Yamaha SZ-RR.