Royal Enfield plans to launch 4 new motorcycles each year in India, including the Interceptor 350 and Continental GT 350
India has one of the largest markets for motorcycles. The the demand is constantly increasing and several new bicycles were launched during the year despite the slowdown and freeze that negatively impacted every other segment of the automotive industry.
Even as the year draws to a close, there is an interesting lineup of new bikes waiting in the sidelines for the launch in the new year. Some of these are actively tested before launch, while others are still in development. The bikes that will be launched in 2021 will range from mass market models to extra two-wheelers premium category.
Royal Enfield recently launched the new Meteor 350 cruiser to replace the Thunderbird 350 as plans are underway to bring a new bike based on the Interceptor 650. Expected to be called the RE Interceptor 350, this cruising bike will borrow several parts from the RE Interceptor 650.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 350
Spied on trial for the first time, the Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 is expected to generate as much appreciation from the bicycle manufacturer as has been seen in the case of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The Interceptor 350 will borrow design elements from its larger counterpart with a similar-looking taillight assembly and rectangular turn signals.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 will borrow several styling features identical to the Interceptor 650. Probably based on the same platform as the RE 650cc, the spy photos of the new cruiser also have detailed footboards, rear fender and rear suspension borrowed from the Interceptor 650. However , the bike could have the same inverted forks and dual shocks at the rear along with a dual pod digital instrument cluster as seen on the Meteor 350.
It might also borrow the file Folding navigation system, a Bluetooth enabled TFT screen display of the Meteor 350. Being a cruising bike, the rider on the test model was seen in a more relaxed upright riding position with higher handlebars and footpegs positioned for better comfort.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 – Engine Specifications
Royal Enfield may introduce the new Interceptor 350 powered by a 349cc, single cylinder, air and oil cooled engine that also powers the Meteor 350. This engine on the Meteor delivers 20.2hp at 6,100rpm and torque of 27 Nm at 4,000 rpm. a 5-speed transmission. These specifications could be tweaked for better performance in order to distinguish the Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 from the company’s more entry level offerings. Once launched, the new Interceptor 350 will compete with the Jawa Forty Two in its segment.
In addition to the Interceptor 350, Royal Enfield has plans to launch many new motorcycles in India. In fact, they recently said that their plans for the next 7 years include the launch of at least 28 new motorcycles, or 4 new motorcycles per year. This includes the likes of all new motorcycles such as the Interceptor 350, Continental GT 350, Hunter 350, Cruiser 650, Bobber 650, as well as new generation upgrades for existing motorcycles such as the Classic 350, Bullet 350 and Electra 350.