Here we have explained about the upcoming liquid-cooled off-road bikes that are expected to make a big impact in the Rs. 2.5-3 lakh (ex-showroom) segment
The motorcycle space will welcome an array of new off-road based models over the next two years. The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 and Triumph Scrambler 400X will be launched soon in India while KTM and Hero MotoCorp are also working on dual-purpose adventure tourers.
1. Royal Enfield Himalayan 450:
Royal Enfield will launch the Himalayan 450 in November 2023 and it will sit on a brand new platform. It will be equipped with a 450 cc liquid-cooled engine delivering around 40 bhp and will be packed with features such as all LED lighting, USD front forks, dual-channel ABS, offset monoshock rear suspension, split seats, etc. It will likely carry a price tag of around Rs. 2.6 lakh (ex-showroom).
2. Triumph Scrambler 400X:
In October 2023, Bajaj/Triumph will introduce the Scrambler 400X. It was unveiled alongside the Speed 400 a while ago and it will share the 398 cc liquid-cooled engine with its roadster sibling. However, it will have longer suspension travel, higher ground clearance, longer wheelbase and block pattern tyres to suit the off-roading needs.
3. Hero Xpulse 420:
Hero MotoCorp is expected to launch an all-new flagship adventure tourer in 2025 and it will feature a new 420 cc liquid-cooled engine. It will compete against KTM 390 Adventure, the upcoming Triumph Scrambler 400X and the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 and could be priced around Rs. 2.7 lakh (ex-showroom).
4. Next-Gen KTM 390 Adventure:
KTM unveiled the new generation 390 Duke a few days ago while the faired 390 RC has also been spotted abroad with big changes. We do expect the 390 Adv to receive the next-generation treatment sometime in 2024 considering its popularity in India. It will use a new 398 cc liquid-cooled engine and a host of mechanical revisions could be made.
5. Royal Enfield Scrambler 450:
Following the Himalayan 450, the new 450 cc range will spawn a number of motorcycles including a roadster and a scrambler. The Hunter 450 could arrive in early 2024 while the scram could be bound for the second half of next year or in 2025 considering the good reception for scramblers in recent years. It must be noted that a 650 cc version of the scrambler is also under development.