Hero MotoCorp has entered the 125cc scooter space by launching the new Destini 125. The new scooter has been priced at Rs 54,650 for the base LX trim and at Rs 57,500 for the top-spec VX variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Destini 125 was first unveiled as the Duet 125 at the Auto Expo earlier this year. It has been positioned as a family scooter and gets styling elements as seen on the Duet 110. Hero will also be launching the Maestro Edge 125 soon in our market, which will be positioned above the Destini 125.
The Destini 125 is also the first scooter in India to be equipped with a start-stop system (Hero i3S). Other features on the new 125cc scooter include a semi-digital instrument console, external fuel filler cap, side stand indicator, service indicator and a pass light switch. Mobile charger is an optional extra and it features a boot lamp for better convenience.
Powering the scooter is a 125cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 8.7hp and 10.2Nm of peak torque. Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic front fork and a monoshock unit at the back. The 10-inch alloy wheels on both ends are wrapped with tubeless tyres and anchorage is provided by drum brakes, while CBS (combined braking system) is standard. The Destini 125 is the only 125cc scooter on sale to not offer disc brake even as an option.
In terms of competition, the new Destini 125 will rival the Suzuki Access 125, priced at Rs 55,666, and the Honda Activa 125 (drum brake and alloy wheels), which carries a sticker price between Rs 59,921 and Rs 61,858. TVS' only 125cc scooter, the Ntorq is priced at Rs 59,712.
All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi