Royal Enfield is in the final stages of readying its BS-6 bikes. The manufacturer has confirmed that it will roll out the bikes much before the deadline.
The stricter BS-6 emission norms are set to kick in from April 2020. All two-wheeler manufacturers are busy in the preparations of readying their models for the big deadline.
In an interview to PTI, a top official from Royal Enfield has confirmed that they are on the track of upgrading their models. The company is working towards the BS-6 bikes since they received the notification in 2016.
The official states that Royal Enfield is in the final stages of testing and validation of BS-6 bikes. The company will be ready with the updated lineup much before the deadline in April 2020.
Reports say that most of the two-wheeler brands including Royal Enfield is considering fuel injection system. With FI system, the tail pipe emissions would be in control, which will further be compliant with the upcoming BS-6 engines.
The prices of the bikes are set to increase after the BS-6 update. Even with ABS update, the bikes saw a price hike of around Rs 12,000-15,000 from the non-ABS variants.
We suspect that the launch could happen by the end of 2019 itself. The company might launch all the BS-6 versions together. Unlike with ABS, they silently launched the updated models one by one.
Currently, the manufacturer is in the process of speeding up the production speed of the newly launched 650 Twins. Due to the slow process, the waiting period has shot up to more than 3 months.
Royal Enfield 650 Twins were launched in India in November 2018. For the month of December 2018, the duo posted a sales figure of 629 units. RE has stated that the sales will increase as the production speed increases.
The Interceptor 650 is priced from Rs 2.50 Lakhs to Rs 2.70 Lakhs. GT 650 goes for Rs 2.65 Lakhs to Rs 2.85 Lakhs (ex-showroom prices).
Almost all the motorcycles have been updated with ABS, except Bullet 350. Bullet series receive a single-channel ABS with RLP. While the other motorcycles get dual-channel ABS. The 650 Twins get ABS as standard fitment.