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Royal Enfield has been testing its next-generation single-cylinder motorcycles for a while now, giving the impression that the company is close to launching all-new products. According to AutoCarIndia, seeing the new motorcycle being tested has led to the impression that the products would be ready before the 1 April 2020 deadline.
It has however, been brought to light that the company's new single-cylinder platform will not be ready in time, but the company will upgrade its existing 350cc offerings to meet BS-VI emission norms.
Royal Enfield's next-generation motorcycles will be ready only during the first quarter of the next financial year. The company says they will upgrade the current line up to meet BS-VI emission norms.
In light if this, RE will have to upgrade their 350cc range to fuel-injection, and this will result in an increase in prices. The current-generation of 350cc motorcycle are priced between Rs 1.2 lakh and Rs 1.64 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The current offerings under Royal Enfield's 350cc range are the Bullet, the Classic, the Thunderbird, the Trials, and the Thunderbird X models.
The next-generation Royal Enfield motorcycles are expected to offer an improved riding experience, a different chassis design, and better technology. Royal Enfield also plans to discontinue with the push-rod system as it is not compatible with BS-VI emission norms.
Royal Enfield addressed questions about its new-generation motorcycles by saying, "We reached out to the company for a comment and this is what they had to say, "Royal Enfield is well prepared to launch its range of BS-6 ready motorcycles ahead of the timeline. The communication on the launch timelines will be announced in due course."
Thoughts About Royal Enfield Upgrading Their 350cc Offerings to BS-VI
We think that is what the company was doing all along. Sure, they were testing newer platforms for their motorcycles, but what all of us probably missed was that they were testing BS-VI engines. In addition, the company's fairly quiet show at EICMA 2019, also suggests that the brand's new motorcycles are not close to launch just yet.