Royal Enfield Himalayan to launch on February 2 - IAB Report

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Expected to launch in two variants.

Royal Enfield has sent out invitations asking journalists to block their dates on February 2, 2016 for a press conference in New Delhi. The pre-Auto Expo press conference will be addressed by Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Limited, the invite states, however sources say the company's Himalayan adventure tourer will be showcased at the event.

Royal Enfield Himalayan side IAB rendering
Our artist's render of what the Himalayan would look like, based on spyshots.

The all-new Royal Enfield Himalayan was spotted undisguised recently. Reports say that the motorcycle will be introduced in two variants: Urban and off-road. The Urban variant is likely to get alloy wheels whereas the off-road version will be equipped with spoked wheels, a windshield and mounts for luggage and jerry cans.

Both variants are expected to be powered by the company's new engine family. The engine in question, a 431 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled unit with SOHC (Single Overhead Camshaft) is expected to output 30 bhp and 32 Nm of torque. A 5-speed gearbox will be in-charge of transmission duties, while braking will be handled by discs at both ends.

Royal Enfield Himalayan engine spied undisguised
Image of the all-new single-cylinder 431 cc engine courtesy of PowerDrift.

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When launched, the Himalayan is expected to cost a shade under INR 2 lakhs, ex-Showroom. Though the adventure tourer won't have any direct competition, the Mahindra Mojo could be a close rival on price.

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