Previously, Eicher Motors’ CEO, Siddhartha Lal had spoken about the new product line up that will arrive post the implementation of the BS-VI emission norms. However, Lal had remained tight-lipped about any further details about the upcoming motorcycles from the company.
In recent updates, Lal told motoring portal Solomoto that the Scrambler motorcycles come into the company’s philosophy. He said (translated):
Scrambler or retro cutting currents come into our philosophy, but we are clear about what we will do and what we will never do. And whenever it is a global model, we will do so thinking of a single homologation for the entire planet, signing anyone who is necessary and putting the means necessary to create products of the best quality, and always being clear that they are models that continue selling good in India.
Do remember that Lal had confirmed at the launch of the 650 Twins that the company would not introduce more products on the 650 platform for two years. Thus, the next products to use the 650 platform would arrive post the BS-VI implementation, one of which will be the bigger Himalayan. The company could also introduce a Scrambler style motorcycle that will be based on the Interceptor INT 650, and IAB has already presented a digital render of what the product could look like.
The Scrambler will use the same 648cc parallel-twin cylinder, air & oil cooled, SOHC engine with Bosch sourced fuel injection and management that powers the 650 Twins. Performance numbers would remain identical to the Interceptor INT 650 at 47 bhp and 52 Nm, although the Scrambler could feature revised gear ratios.
In other updates, Lal also hinted that the company would make motorcycles that would sell well in India. Lal added:
We will make new models that can be sold well all over the world , especially starting from the twin engine, but always bearing in mind that they are saleable in India. Thinking that way, we get the income necessary to build new plants more modern and increase production, and now, the investment capacity needed to develop new models.