Hero Maestro Edge is the flag bearer of Hero for their scooter clan. Maestro Edge is the much refined and upgraded version of the older Maestro, introduced in 2012 after the formation of Hero MotoCorp. It is the direct rival for Honda's best selling model Activa. Maestro is a big masculine scooter, which primarily targets men, while their own Pleasure deals with lady riders.
It is powered by 110.9cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled engine. The fuel system for this engine uses single draft variable venturi type carburettor with TCIS. Engine is mated with variomatic type gearbox and uses automatic clutch plate for precise power transmission to the rear wheels. The mill delivers a maximum power of 8.31 bhp @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 8.30 Nm @ 6500 rpm. This 110cc, 109kg scooter can set a top speed of 85kmph on standard road conditions. The engine is renowned for its smoothness and refinement from start to the top speed. Not only that, according to Hero, this model will deliver better fuel economy of around 65.8 kmpl. Altogether, engine is well balanced with mileage, performance and smoothness.
Design and Features
The primary design of the scooter itself targets male riders. It's wide and masculine body kit does not suit the lady drivers. From the desing and style point of view, the scooter have a massive road presence, even though it is using the same engine and chassis of Hero Duet (much smaller scooter).
In order to make it as a premium scooter, Hero has used many cosmetic outfits as compared to other scooters from Hero. As a part of weight reduction, the body is made of plastic materials. Fit and finish of this scooter is superb when compared to other scooters in the market.
From the front, clear large headlight with black windscreen gives a polite appeal. Turn indicators are positioned below the headlamp casing on the front fascia. High quality switchgears are used with an addition of pass light switch. Moving on to rear section, LED taillight gives a premium touch to the tail section. Other important features are titanium coated exhaust muffler and new matte paint scheme adds the premium effect of the scooter even more.
The instrument cluster of the scooter is part analog and part digital with speedometer, fuel gauge reading, clock, service reminder and side stand indicator. External fuel refilling port, 22 litre underseat storage space, mobile charging socket and immobilizer are some of the extra features of this scooter.
Suspension, Braking and Chassis
The scooter is built around high rigidity under bone type frame, which gives a commanding strength and dynamics for the scooter. A conventional telescopic type hydraulic shock absorber is used upfront and unit swingarm with spring loaded hydraulic damper is used at the rear. This type of suspension is used in almost all kinds of scooters and especially on Hero scooters. Maestro Edge uses a 12-inch and 10-inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres, which gives good handling and ride quality. And the stopping power of the scooter is determined by drum brakes with integrated braking at both the ends.
Maestro Edge is truly a flagship model for Hero in scooter segment. It looks elegant, it is filled with some finest features, it rides goods, it is fuel efficient, it is smooth and it is easy to maintenance. According to Indian culture, the main priority of the customers are economy. So it is good at mileage. Second comes only design and features. Therefore, Maestro Edge is a strong contender in the Indian scooter market with all the strong points in hand.