2015 Hero HF Deluxe
When it comes to the best entry level commuter lineup in the Indian two wheeler market, there is no other company which can beat the expansive portfolio of Hero MotoCorp in this very segment. Starting with the CD 100, Splendor and Passion, Hero today has a vast lineup of nine motorcycles in the 100cc commuter motorcycle segment, ranging from the bare bones HF Dawn to a ‘wanna-be-an-off-roader’ Passion Pro TR.
Apart from the Splendor Plus/Pro and Passion Pro, the one motorcycle which has been helping Hero MotoCorp to maintain its hegemony in the segment of entry level 100cc motorcycles is the HF Deluxe. Previously known as the CD Deluxe, the HF Deluxe was born as a spiritual successor of company’s first 100cc motorcycle in the Indian market, the CD 100.
In its span of life, the Hero HF Deluxe has received a number of upgrades and facelifts, both mechanical as well as cosmetic. The latest iteration of the HF Deluxe promises to be a perfect blend of form and functionality for the segment to which it belongs. Here’s a comprehensive overlook of the all new Hero HF Deluxe.
- Year: 2015
- Make: Hero Motocorp
- Top Speed: 56 mph (Est.)
- Price: INR 45150
For the year 2015, Hero has introduced a number of minimal changes on the HF Deluxe, in order to make it appear as an upmarket motorcycle. The front trapezoidal headlight and the bikini fairing surrounding it have been kept unchanged, but the headlamp now provides a brighter and non-fluctuating vision, and the fairing now gets a new set of stickers on both the sides of the headlamp.
This freshened up face also gets a new set of clear lens turn indicators from the previous generation Glamour. The simple and plain-jane front fender of the previous model has been replaced by an edgier fender, which gets a small bulge in the middle. The fuel tank and rear side body panels have been retained from the previous model, but they now get new body decals which purposefully hide the age of the design. The side body cowls are all new, and are longer and aerodynamic than before. The tail lamp has been lifted off from the previous generation model, but the alloy pillion grab rail is a new unit, which is broader than before. The angular exhaust pipe is also an all new unit, which has been borrowed from the 110cc Passion X-Pro.
The all analogue instrument console on the new HF Deluxe has been left unchanged, which consists of a speedometer and odometer on the left circular pod, and a fuel gauge and tell tale lights in the right pod. The tell tale lamps now also include a side stand indicator. For the hassle free starts, the HF Deluxe now incorporates a maintenance free battery as well. As before, the build quality and fit and finish of the new HF Deluxe is easily the best in this segment.
Apart from the minor cosmetic upgrades, Hero has also infused a new lease of life in the powerhouse of the HF Deluxe. Though the engine is the same four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 97.2cc engine of the previous HF Deluxe, Hero has slightly retuned it to extract more amount of power and to keep it in line with the current emission norms. The engine now develops a higher power output of 8.36 PS, while the maximum torque output stands at 8.05 Nm.
Like in all other eight 100cc commuters of Hero, this 97.2cc engine on the HF Deluxe is light and peppy, with enough zest to take on exhaustive city duties with ease. The engine has good city rideability, and can comfortably take on the occasional highway jaunts as well. The HF Deluxe has always been known for its excellent fuel economy, and even in this latest guise, it promises a real-world efficiency in the range of 75-80 kmpl.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The rest of the mechanical package of the HF Deluxe remains the same as before, with a tubular cradle frame and a set of telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and a tubular swingarm with 2 step adjustable hydraulic coil springs at the rear. The bike continues to get 130mm drum brake at front and 110mm drum brake at the rear, with 2.75 x 18” tyres at both the ends. Considering the simplicity of the hardware, the lack of disc brake is not at all felt.
After the HF Dawn, the HF Deluxe is the most affordable motorcycle in Hero’s product portfolio for the Indian market. The motorcycle is available in five variants. The cheapest one comes with kick start and spoke wheels, which is priced at Rs. 42,100. The second variant adds in alloy wheels in place of spoke wheels, and bears a price tag of Rs. 43,000. The third variant gets self start and spoke wheels, which has been priced at Rs. 44,150. The fourth model is the one which gets both self start and alloy wheels, which is available for Rs. 45,150. The top of the line model comes with black finish to engine and alloy wheels as well as self start, and will set you back by Rs. 46,100 (all prices Ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The new HF Deluxe is offered in five different paint schemes – Candy Blazing Red, Black with Red, Black with Purple, Boon Silver Metallic and Classy Maroon Metallic.
The most obvious and fierce competitor for the Hero HF Deluxe in the Indian market is the all new Bajaj Platina 100 ES, which was launched in the beginning of 2015. Unlike the HF Deluxe which has received only minimal and slightly unnoticeable cosmetic upgrades, the Platina 100 ES gets a fresher and more comprehensive design upgrade over the previous version of the 100cc, which continues to sell besides it.
The Bajaj Platina 100 ES borrows its powertrain from the Discover 100 M, which is slightly detuned to extract 8.2 PS of maximum power and 8.6 Nm of maximum torque. With twin spark plugs and ExhausTEC on offer, the engine of the Platina 100 ES is technologically more advanced as well as more torquey in comparison to that of the HF Deluxe. Both the bikes fare equally well in other aspects, such as fuel efficiency, dynamics and ride quality.
The new HF Deluxe may not be a very comprehensive upgrade over its outgoing version, but with the slight changes and minimal additions in its overall design, it is definitely higher in value than before. With the slight bump in power without on the expense of the fuel economy, the bike now is mechanically better than before as well. Retaining the core strengths of high fuel efficiency, ease of maintenance and excellent city rideability, the new HF Deluxe certainly will continue to ring the cash registers of Hero, much like before.
- * Fuel Efficiency
- * Low maintenance
- * Comfortable for City rides
- * High Speed stability
- * Low on Features