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Royal Enfield is gearing up to launch the much-awaited 2021 Classic 350 in India. According to the latest report, the company could launch the new Classic 350 on August 31, 2021. However, the date is yet to be confirmed by the brand.
The report also suggests that certain dealers have started accepting unofficial bookings for the new Classic 350. The upcoming old-school motorcycle has been spotted several times ahead of launch revealing most of its features and changes ahead of its launch.
The new Classic 350 is part of the brand's J-platform motorcycle line-up. As a result, the new motorcycle will feature a new powertrain, chassis and suspension from the Meteor 350 cruiser motorcycle.
Apart from the new mechanicals, the 2021 motorcycle will feature a ton of new equipment and new design as well. For starters, the motorcycle will be offered with the brand's Tripper Navigation technology.
However, the upcoming motorcycle has also been recently spotted without the navigation unit which points to the new Classic 350 being available in multiple variants.
Design & Features
The design of the new Classic 350 will not change much from the outgoing model. Instead Royal Enfiled has spruced up the design with new round-shaped headlamps and integrated DRLs, new switchgear and subtle changes to the badging on the fuel tank and the side cover of the motorcycle.
Other design features:
- Contoured fuel tank
- Single-piece handlebar
- Split seats
- LED tail-lamp
- Chrome-finished exhaust
Regarding the features, as mentioned earlier, the biggest addition would be the Tripper Navigation on the new Classic 350. Based on the spy images surfaced earlier, the navigation display is neatly integrated onto the headlamp cowl and is placed next to the main instrument cluster.
The Tripper navigation uses a small TFT colour display to provide turn-by-turn navigation once paired with the smartphone via a mobile application. The Tripper navigation can be activated by pairing a smartphone to the Royal Enfield application available for both Android or iOS users.
Another significant upgrade that is expected on the motorcycle is its instrument cluster. The new-gen motorcycle is expected to receive an all-new semi-digital unit with a small display for ODO meter, trip meters, fuel gauge and more.
Engine & Gearbox
As mentioned earlier, the next-generation Classic 350 will be borrowing the chassis and engine from the Meteor 350 cruiser.
The Meteor's 349cc single-cylinder air-cooled unit produces a maximum of 20.2bhp at 6100rpm and a peak torque 27Nm at 4000rpm; paired with a five-speed gearbox. The power and torque figures could be the same for the new Classic 350 as well.
With the updated engine, the noise and vibrations levels on the new-gen motorcycle are expected to be reduced drastically. The engine will be smoother and efficient as compared to the powertrain on the outgoing model.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is also likely to receive a new chassis that does its duties on the new Meteor 350. Currently, the Classic 350 uses a single downtube cradle frame, which will be replaced by a sturdier double downtube cradle chassis. This aids to better handling of the upcoming motorcycle.
Other mechanicals such as the suspension and the brakes on the new motorcycle could be carried over from the outgoing Classic 350. It could be offered in both alloy and spoked wheels depending on the variant.
Expected Price, Colours & Variants
The Classic 350 recently received a price hike and now retails between Rs 1.79 lakh and Rs 2.03 lakh. With all the new changes, the new Classic 350 could receive a price hike of around Rs 20,000.
The new motorcycle could be offered in single and dual-channel ABS with disc/drum and disc/disc brake setups, respectively. The variants could be further differentiated by the colour scheme and features of the new motorcycle.
The 2021 Classic 350 is expected to be available in sold colours on the base variant along with the signals edition carried over on the new motorcycle.
The company will also be offering the Make-It-Yours program, which will let the buyers personalize their motorcycles right from the factory. This will include several accessories offered by the brand to enhance the looks of the motorcycle.
Thoughts About The New Royal Enfield Classic 350 India Launch On August 31
The new Classic 350 is one of the most anticipated bike launches in the Indian market. The new motorcycle will feature improved mechanicals, technology, design and an engine over the outgoing model.
This should make the brand's best-seller attract more customers once launched. The Classic 350 rivals the likes of the Jawa 300 and the Forty-Two, Benelli Imperiale 400 and the Honda CB350.