Splendor iSmart, the urban commuting bike from Hero MotoCorp, has got BS-VI compliance certificate from the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT). Hero, in a statement, informed that the motorcycle has got the Type Approval Certificate (TAC), after successfully complying with the new emission norms. The company, in the statement, claimed that it is India’s first two-wheeler manufacturer to get the BS-VI certification.
The Hero Splendor iSmart is hauled by a 109.2cc motor which produces 9.3bhp at 7,500rpm and 9Nm peak torque at 5,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 4-speed gear system. The motorcycle, according to Honda, returns a mileage of 75kmpl. It has a current ex-showroom price of INR53,393 which is expected to increase when the BS-VI engine is introduced. The bike has been designed in-house at the company’s research and development centre at Jaipur.
An automobile manufacturer, to get the TAC, has to build a prototype of the vehicle and get it endorsed by agencies approved by the government. Besides ICAT, the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), and the Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC), are the approved agencies in this regard.
ICAT director Dinesh Tyagi congratulated Hero MotoCorp on becoming the first two-wheeler manufacturer in India to get the BS-VI certificate for one of its vehicles. The Hero Splendor iSmart has been built indigenously. Last year, ICAT had issued the first BS-VI compliance certificate in India for the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) segment, he informed. Tyagi informed that the BS-VI standard is much more exhaustive and elaborate in its scope, integrating major changes to the existing emission norm, ensuring cleaner products for the consumer.
ICAT has been authorised by the ministry of road transport and highways to carry out BS-VI emission standard compliance tests on both cars and two-wheelers.
The new emission standard will be implemented countrywide from 1 April next year.