Royal Enfield is going to launch some new models at the 2020 Auto Expo. It will also bring major updates to its existing lineup of Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird series.
Royal Enfield has been one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in India. The iconic Bullet series looks similar to what we had 15-20 years back. Not much has changed with how the manufacturer continues the retro classic touch.
However, it is soon going to change. Royal Enfield at the 2020 Auto Expo, is going to showcased new models along with the updated Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird series. The road testing of the updated models has already commenced.
From April 2020, the BS-6 norms will kick in. The safety norms began in April 2019, for which, Royal Enfield updated its entire lineup with ABS. Now, let’s see what will it offer at the 2020 Auto Expo:
1. 2020 Royal Enfield Classic Series
The updated Classic series has been spotted testing with many visible changes. The test mule was spotted with accessories including a front screen, saddle bags and a pillion backrest.
Further, the rear sprocket has been shifted to the left and the rear disc to the right. The tail light and the footrests have been completely revised. Another set of spy shots suggested that it would not get kick-start system.
Importantly, Royal Enfield will put fuel-injection system on all the models to make it BS-6 compliant. Reports say that the 350cc and 500cc engines might be retuned for a better performance.
2. 2020 Royal Enfield Thunderbird Series
The Thunderbird series will get a new BS-6 engine as well as an updated engine. Meanwhile, the Thunderbird X has been spied while testing, as it gets some visual updates.
The Thunderbird X will get a lower-placed seat, a new exhaust muffler and a more sculpted fuel tank. The alloy wheels remain the same, which led us to believe that it the X series indeed. A new swingarm has been spotted, which will improve the ride quality.
3. 2020 Royal Enfield Bullet
The same engine changes that come on the Thunderbird and Classic series will come on the Bullet. That includes the BS-6 compliant and an updated engine. However, in this case, we think RE might keep the design as it is for the perfect retro feel.
4. Royal Enfield Himalayan 650
Post the launch of RE 650 Twins, the manufacturer had confirmed that it will use the new 650cc twin-cylinder engine on different models. For a long time, we speculated the launch of Himalayan 650, which might finally come true.
The engine specs will be the same, but the tuning will be lowered to a better low-range performance. The styling is likely to remain the same but can see some additional features like switchable ABS and better headlamps.
5. Royal Enfield Thunderbird 650
Just like the Himalayan, Royal Enfield might use the 650cc engine on the Thunderbird. Currently available in 350cc and 500cc single-cylinder engine options, the addition of a twin-cylinder 650cc engine could bolster its demand.
It might be the most affordable twin-cylinder cruiser in India. Further, we can expect better electronic aids on the 650cc Thunderbird.