With an aim to expand its product portfolio, Royal Enfield will introduce a range of big motorcycles in the Indian market. These bikes are already under development at RE’s UK Technical Centre. The new Royal Enfield bikes will be based on four new architectures – J, P, Q and K – ranging from 350cc to 650cc and above. The new motorcycles will be positioned against the upcoming low-displacement bikes of Harley Davidson and Triumph in India.
While the ‘J’ architecture will be used for the new-generation Royal Enfield Classic, Himalayan, Thunderbird and the Bullet range, the ‘P’ platform will underpin the twin cylinder Royal Enfield Continental 650cc and Interceptor 650cc. All new RE motorcycles will feature BS6 compliant engine.
Royal Enfield Continental Picture Gallery
The higher capacity Royal Enfield bikes will be based on the ‘Q’ and ‘K’ architectures and roll out post 2020-2021. The ‘Q’ platform based models will take on the 900cc Triumph Thruxton and the ‘K’ architecture based bikes will take head-to-head against models ranging from 600cc to 700cc. Read: Upcoming Royal Enfield Bikes in India
The new-generation Royal Enfield Classic, Himalayan, Thunderbird and the Bullet range of motorcycles are likely to see comprehensive styling and feature upgrades. Though, the basic design will remain intact. RE might introduce an updated BS6 complaint engine and a new gearbox on the bikes. Other changes might include LED lighting, new body graphics, improved riding ergonomics, bigger disc brakes, new suspension unit and dual channel ABS (anti-lock braking system).
Royal Enfield Interceptor Picture Gallery
Recently, Harley-Davidson confirmed that it will foray into the sub-500cc motorcycle segment in the Asian markets. The low capacity bikes are likely to feature a twin-cylinder, high torque engine. Triumph Motorcycles has also partnership with the Bajaj Auto for developing mid-capacity bikes benefiting from collective strengths of both the brands. The first product to roll out under this partnership will be a 500cc, single-cylinder motorcycle that will lock horns against Royal Enfield.
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