At EICMA, Royal Enfield unveiled the Euro4 compliant Himalayan and it announced that the motorcycle will go on for sale in the UK by next year. The company already sells the retro styled and classic looking motorcycles in the European market.
Aun Gopal, Head of International Business, Royal Enfield said to MCN, "We have grown sales over 64% between 2010 to 2015. We are investing $64million in production and are expecting sales of up to 900k by 2018. Growth in developed markets is essential for this and Europe is very important to us, so it made sense to produce a Euro4 compliant version."
Pradeep Mathew, the Project Lead on the Himalayan commented, "The Himalayan was designed with simplicity in mind, which is why it originally used a carburettor.
"To pass Euro4 we had to change this to fuel injection along with adding ABS, an automatic headlight and different tyres."
When asked about the pricing of the Euro4 compliant Himalayan, Gopal said, "Well when this bike was designed, it was for Indian markets. Royal Enfield is known for accessible pricing, so we'd like to keep it that way but right now it is very difficult for me to say. Give us a few more months and we'll let you know."
The Himalayan was launched in India in March 2016. The motorcycle is powered by a 411cc single cylinder long-stroke engine and it produces 24.5bhp and 32Nm of torque. The model uses a carburettor and starts with an electric ignition.
To meet the Euro4 norms, as Royal Enfield said it will add ABS and fuel injection. So, the European will have some major changes in the technical side.
In India, the Himalayan comes in two colours; Snow white and Granite Black. The Himalayan is built to handle any harsh conditions thrown at it.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is an entry level adventure motorcycle which has become a popular model in India and we can expect it to be a great success in the European market as well.