Hero Motocorp recently launched the all new 125cc Destini in Goa. The entry of the scooter in the 125cc segment is expected to strengthen the company’s presence. Available across Hero dealerships in the state, the scooter is priced at Rs 56,250 (ex-showroom) for the Lx variant and Rs 59,500 (ex-showroom) for the Vx variant. Sanjay Bhan , head of sales, Hero MotoCorp, said, “We are set to delight our customers by commencing the retail sales of the Destini 125. We are confident that the scooter will be a strong enabler for us in growing our presence in this category. Our customers in the market can buy the model from tomorrow onwards.”
Making Destini suitable for daily commuting in the city traffic the company has tweaked its earlier 110cc Duet model to a 125cc single-cylinder motor to offer better low-end power. The motor has been tuned to produce 8.7 Bhp 0f power and 10.2 Nm of peak torque available at 5000 rpm. Also, to maximize fuel efficiency, the Destini 125 will be the first Hero scooter to get idle-start-stop-system (i3S system). As per this technology, the system automatically switches off the engine after waiting for about five seconds. It, then, switches the engine on when you simply press the clutch.
The bike is also equipped with safety features including an optional front disc brake and integrated braking system along with standard features such side stand indicator, service reminder, external fuel filling among others. To add to the convenience the scooter is also provided an external fuel filling system, remote key opening, mobile charging port and boot light. The scooter also provides superior road comfort and safety with telescopic suspension and an integrated braking system.
Targeted at young professionals from the metro and mini-metros, the Destini 125 comes packed with a host of style elements to enhance the appeal of the premium and modern scooter. These include metal body with a bold premium chrome chest, signature tail lamp and winkers, side chrome garnishes, stylish cast wheels, new body color mirrors, and a dual tone seat cover. Adding to the style quotient are the four premium metallic colors red, bronze, black and white.
The pricing of the Destini 125 fits it right in market to take on the Suzuki Access 125 which is the current market leader in the segment along with the Honda Activa 125 that for long has been the segment benchmark.
The Destiny 125 sounds like a winner in terms of comfort and practicality. The seating is flat seats with rear mounted grab handles and can comfortably seat two. The under seat storage in the scooter however is minimum and is not likely to fit a full size helmet. In comparison to rivals, the Destini is the most affordable pick amongst the Access and the Activa. It undercuts the Suzuki Access 125 by a close margin.