Upcoming BS6 Two-wheelers From Royal Enfield
From BS6 models to all-new motorcycles, here’s what you could expect from Royal Enfield in 2020
The upcoming BS6 norms, which will kick on April 1, 2020, has most manufacturers scrambling to make the transition. Though some have already taken the first step towards a greener tomorrow by launching BS6 bikes there are a couple who still have some work left in this area. One such brand is classic motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield which hit a rough patch in 2019 due to dwindling sales. However, it intends to make a comeback with new and improved models that will take the fight to Jawa and Benelli.
We’ve already seen a dozen spy images of the 2020 RE Classic 350 and Thunderbird 350 floating around on the web, giving us an idea of what’s to come. But just in case you’re unaware, here’s what you could expect.
All-new BS6-compliant Classic 350:
The BS6-compliant Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been spied testing at least a dozen times by now and it promises to be a better bike overall. It features an all-new engine with better underpinnings and a revised design language which keeps in line with the current trends. The 2020 model also trades in the old console and switchgear for new ones that have a charm of its own.
The updates are likely to bump the price of the bike by Rs 15,000 over the BS4 model which retails at Rs 1.53 lakh. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Classic 350. Expect the bike to be launched in early-2020.
BS6-compliant Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350:
The second model that could be launched alongside the 2020 Classic 350 is the updated Thunderbird 350. The new motor powering the Classic 350 will be used on the Thunderbird as well. The egonomics though, have been revised for better comfort and the styling has been updated too. Read all about it here.
Just like the Classic 350, expect the BS6 Thunderbird 350 to command a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the current-gen model which costs Rs 1.56 lakh (ex-Delhi).
BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan:
Royal Enfield couldn't possibly leave the Himalayan hanging. It too will be updated for 2020. Goes without saying that the Himalayan will comply with BS6 emissions norms. However, recent reports suggest that it'll also be more refined. The most recent spy shots also suggest a smaller front wheel and a fatter rear tyre along with an updated instrument console. More details available here. Expect the updated model to come with new colours and a price hike of around Rs 9,000 over the BS4 model.
Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650:
The Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 really turned things around for Royal Enfield in terms of quality and reliability. And then there’s the sweet parallel-twin engine that we adore. For 2020, the duo will undergo a couple of changes which includes feature and cosmetic updates. For instance, the prismatic lens could be replaced by a more modern-looking clear lens unit and the instrument cluster is also likely to get a gear position and range indicator - something that’s missing in the current model. Head here for more details.
The updates may push the price of the bike by around Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 compared to its BS4 counterparts. Despite this, the Interceptor 650 (Rs 2.56 lakh) and the Continental GT 650 (Rs 2.79 lakh) will still remain one of the best value for money propositions available in the Indian two-wheeler market. We believe the twins could be launched in February 2020.
We’re not done yet. Recent revelations suggest that Royal Enfield has two new bikes in the making, trademarked by the names ‘Hunter’ and ‘Sherpa’. The Sherpa might be the name of its upcoming lighter, affordable motorcycle while Hunter could be an upcoming scrambler. Here’s what we know about the two bikes so far.