Hero enjoys an unprecedented success when it comes to the commuter class of 100-110cc motorcycles. But when it comes to the segment of automatic scooters, it didn’t have an offering to thrash the undisputed leadership of the scooters, the Honda Activa. Though the Maestro and Pleasure did churn up decent volumes for the manufacturer in the country, they still haven’t been able to bring down the sales of Honda scooters, which have been selling like hot cakes.
Then came the Maestro Edge and Duet, which further strengthen the scooter lineup for Hero in the country. However, the sales of the Maestro Edge have turned out to be a bit lower than what Hero had expected. So now, Hero has tried to infuse some novelty in the Maestro Edge for the year 2017 by adding a couple of new features to the scooter. Let’s have a look at what all changes do the new Maestro Edge get:-
|2012 Hero Maestro||2017 Hero Msaestro Edge|
As the name suggests, the Maestro Edge is an edgy looking version of the pre-existing Hero Maestro, with the overall design of the Maestro going under the knife for a much sharper looking avatar. The overall stance of the Maestro Edge suggests that it is designed mainly keeping the college-going youth in mind. Hero has retained the complete design of the Maestro Edge with no significant change to the design of the body panels.
The sharp front apron with angular turn indicators continue to be the same as what they were and so is the black garnishing at the top and two small vents at the centre, thus giving a much-needed character to the front apron. Apart from it, the large headlamp unit with smart black visor above it also finds the same place as before. The front mudguard is shorter in size but gets a snazzy treatment to give the scooter a smart front stance. The rear view mirrors are all new and get a busy design with silver and black garnishing within them. The only noticeable change between the previous version and this new one is the inclusion of body decals on both the side edges of the front apron.
When the scooter is viewed from the sides, you will find that the Maestro Edge hasn’t received many significant changes. However, they do get new fresh body decals which tend to be in continuation with the decals on the front apron. The exhaust pipe is indeed the smartest looking pipe ever seen on the scooters of this class, with the angular unit finished in silver. The side panels end up in a smart looking LED tail lamp cluster, which also gets clear lens turn indicators in the same fashion as before. The alloy pillion grab rail looks smart and is not unnecessarily large like on the Maestro. Like before, the new Maestro Edge too gets external fuel filler, which was previously there only on scooter offerings from TVS.
Retained from the previous version without any single change, the instrument console on the Maestro Edge is a smartly designed part digital unit, with analogue dials for the speedometer and an LCD screen for the digital readouts for odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and service reminder. The primary telltale lamps are positioned on the sides of this unit and also include a side stand indicator. The overall design of the instrument console in excellent, but the fonts of the analogue numbers of the speedometer look dated and could have been more modern looking. Another obvious big inclusion is that of the auto headlamp on (AHO) feature. The switchgear is finished in silver and look distinctive when compared to other scooters of this class. Build quality, as expected from a Hero product, is brilliant and top notch.
Other features like telescopic front suspension, mobile charging port, Boot light, immobiliser and service reminders continue to splurge the customer with features. Overall, except the new body decals at the front and rear, there is not much to talk about the changes on the new Maestro Edge regarding visual appeal, though Hero could have introduced a couple of more new features on board.
|Make Model||2017 Hero Maesteo Edge||Honda Aviator||TVS Jupiter ZX|
Unlike the Honda sourced engines on the Pleasure and Maestro, Hero has equipped the Maestro Edge with its self-developed four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 110.9cc engine which it has jointly developed with AVL Engineering from Austria.
This time around though, the engine has been retuned for BS-4 compliance as well as better in-city riding conditions. This means, it now belts out 8 bhp of power and 8.7 Nm of torque – 0.3 bhp of power lesser and 0.3 Nm of torque more than before. This change in performance numbers makes it slightly punchier to ride at low city speeds with the more amount of torque available from the engine.
When it comes to refinement and power delivery, this new engine even outclasses the 109.2cc Honda-sourced engine on the Maestro. The peppy power delivery and smoothness of this engine make the Maestro Edge a rider’s delight. The engine doesn’t sound like a stressed unit even at higher speeds, with the company claiming a top speed of 85 kph for the scooter. Hero also claims a fuel economy figure of 65.8 kmpl.
|Make Model||2017 Hero MAestro Edge||Honda Aviator||TVS Jupiter ZX|
|Bore/ Stroke mm||50/56.5||50/55.6||50/56.5|
|Output||8 bhp @ 7500 rpm||8 bhp @ 7000 rpm||8 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8.7 Nm @ 5500 rpm||9 Nm @ 5500 rpm||8 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Type||Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve||Fan Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI, BS IV Engine||4 Stroke, Single cylinder, Air Cooled, OHC|
|Clutch type||Automatic Clutch||CVT||CVT|
|Transmission||Variomatic Drive||V – Matic||V – Matic|
RIDE AND HANDLING
This is one major aspect where the Maestro Edge is miles ahead from the previous scooters of Hero MotoCorp. The Maestro Edge comes with a set of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a unit swing with spring loaded hydraulic damper at the rear. The scooter comes with alloy wheels at both the ends, with the front wheel being a 12-inch unit and the rear wheel being a 10-inch one.
With a 12-inch front wheel, tubeless tyres and telescopic forks at the front, it is pretty natural that the Maestro Edge is a sweet handler. The scooter weighs only 110kg, which make it quite a light weighted machine for a full-size scooter. For braking duties, Hero has employed drum brakes at both the ends, with the scooter also getting the company’s Integrated Braking System (IBS).
|Make Model||2017 Hero Maestro Edge||Honda Aviator||TVS Jupiter ZX|
|Suspension / Front||Telescopic, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers||Telescopic||30 mm Advance Telescopic Suspension|
|Suspension / Rear||Unit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper||Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper||Gas Charged Mono Shock|
|Brakes / Front||130mm drum brake||190mm Disc with CBS||130mm drum brake|
|Brakes / Rear||130mm drum brake||130mm drum brake||130mm drum brake|
|Tyres / Front||90/90 R12 54J||90/90 R12||100/80 R17|
|Tyres / Rear||90/100 R10 53J||90/100 R12||130/70 R17|
Hero has revised the pricing, variant lineup and colour options of the Maestro Edge. The scooter will now be available in only one version which comes with alloy wheels as standard, with the variant with steel wheels being discontinued now. The new Maestro Edge will now set you back by ?50480.
This time around, Hero has made the Maestro Edge available in seven different single tone color options and two new dual tone paint schemes – Techno Blue, Shooting Night Star, Matte Blue, Matte Vernier Grey, Panther Black, Candy Blazing Red, Pearl Silver White, Sporty Matt Grey and Red and Active Matt Grey and Blue.
The Hero Maestro Edge is targeted at those consumers who are looking for a sporty scooter which is packed with features, peppy to ride and rides brilliantly – something which the Honda Aviator and the TVS Jupiter has been doing for quite a long time now.
The Aviator is also marketed as a premium and stylish scooter, with an equally exclusive design language as that of the Maestro. However, given the fact that the Aviator has now existed for almost a decade without any significant design change, the Maestro proves out to be a fresher and more awe-inspiring scooter and thanks to its larger dimensions, the Aviator has a bigger road presence. The Honda Aviator was always an elegant and stylish looking scooter. A certain charm had loomed its appearance of which it is capable of wooing its audience.
Powered by a 109.19cc Air-cooled, four-stroke, Single Cylinder, OHC engine, it is mated with a V-Matic automatic gearbox and is now BS-IV compliant. This engine produces a maximum power of 8 bhp at 7000 rpm while the maximum torque produced is 8.77 Nm at 5500 rpm. Honda has equipped its scooter with the new HET (Honda Eco Technology) and as a result that has increased the fuel efficiency of the engine and the new engine returns an impressive mileage of about 60 km to a litre. This makes the Aviator substantially stronger than the Maestro.
The Aviator matches the Maestro regarding suspension combination, with the front telescopic forks and the rear hydraulic coil spring on offer. However, the Aviator comes with the options of alloy wheels and front disc brake, which are big misses on the Maestro.The Aviator Drum variant (BS-III) comes for ? 51637, Aviator Disc (BS-III) for ? 56983, Aviator Drum (BS-IV) for ? 52077, Aviator Disc (BS-IV) for ? 56454 and finally the Aviator Drum Alloy (BS-IV) for ? 54022. All the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
In the three years of its existence in the Indian market, the Jupiter has been one of the fastest selling scooters, giving a tough fight to all the established rivals. The Jupiter ZX edition looks the same as the regular Jupiter, but the couple of additional cosmetic changes it comes with raises its visual appeal. The already likeable and modern, yet familiar stance of the Jupiter has become a bit more premium with these changes. With this, both the Maestro Edge and the Jupiter comes in colourful variants.
The four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 109.7cc engine which the Jupiter comes with is the first 110cc engine developed by TVS, after having a successful stint with the 90cc Scooty Pep. The engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 8 bhp and a maximum torque of 8 Nm, which feels quite lively on the go. The 110cc engine promises a respectable fuel economy of 62 kmpl on the Jupiter. Regarding refinement, it is right at the top of the game, with the refinement levels now being even more impressive than the scooters from Honda or the Hero Maestro for that matter.
The scooter has been priced at ? 51057 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Maestro Edge has turned out to be a huge leap from Hero MotoCorp since its time of launch when it comes to product development. Hero has moved on from following conventional path of designing its products and has crafted the Maestro Edge as per the tastes of the modern India. The scooter looks and feels youthful due to loads of features it packs in. The engine is as refined and powerful compared to the engines of the previous Hero products, and the ride quality is brilliant. Thanks to the new hardware which includes 12-inch front wheel, telescopic front suspension and Integrated Braking System (IBS).
The Maestro Edge is also smartly priced unlike the previous products of Hero MotoCorp, which seemed to be pricey for what they offer. The only sad part here is the fact that except new body decals, auto headlamp on, BS-4 compliance and new additional dual tone colours, there is nothing new in this scooter regarding design, which is a bit complaining.
However, the bump in the torque has made the scooter slightly more enjoyable to ride, especially in city speeds. Though overall, the Maestro Edge is an excellent and honest attempt from Hero MotoCorp to make its impact in the growing scooter market in the country and is easily one of the best automatic scooters in the country today.