2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 will likely launch early next year with BSVI engine and a number of cosmetic and exterior changes
We recently showed you exclusive pictures of the 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350’s thoroughly revised retro instrument cluster and new switchgear with rotary dials in place of the regular kill switch and also for the bright and dim operations in the halogen headlamp. The next generation Classic 350 is expected to debut in early 2020 with evolutionary exterior updates.
Mechanical changes will take the spotlight and the spy images indicate a number of much-needed revisions. Since the gearbox casing looks identical to that of the 650 Twins, we can expect Royal Enfield to offer a six-speeder and the difference in header meant the engine cubic capacity could grow up from 346 cc to perhaps 375 cc or more.
Previous spy shots showed the presence of oxygen sensor in the exhaust dismissing the Fi speculations but the latest images posted by us here exposes the catalytic converter hidden under the belly. Thus, Royal Enfield could offer the Classic 350 with fuel-injected as well as in the traditional non-Fi air-cooled layout in two different variants.
While the six-speed transmission will be a certain boost for touring and we hope it will be refined too, the performance numbers could also be increased. Currently, the 346 cc unit develops 20 PS and 28 Nm and it is largely inadequate in most circumstances. The 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 is reportedly based on the J platform that underpins the next-gen BSVI Classic, Bullet, Thunderbird and Himalayan series.
Likely underpinned by a double cradle chassis with a possible reduction in kerb weight, the upcoming Classic 350 will come with updates such as revised exhaust routing, repositioned brake lever, new horn and footpegs among other additions. The existing of the split seat is another glaring inclusion in the retro motorcycle.
Royal Enfield is expected to continue with telescopic front forks and twin shock rear absorber for suspension duties while dual-channel ABS system will be offered as standard. Expect a notable price increase compared to the current model due to the apparent changes and it could cost more than Rs. 1.70 lakh (ex-showroom).