Royal Enfield is venturing into new segments quickly. Soon after the launch of the most-awaited Interceptor and the Continental GT 650, Royal Enfield is now working on its next launch. Royal Enfield has been testing the Scrambler version of Classic models on the Indian roads for a long time. According to Overdrive, the new bike will be launched by March 2019 and the deliveries would start in April 2019.
A new picture of the upcoming Scrambler was seen with the test number plates that says “On test by ARAI” concretes the possibility of a near-future launch of the bike. ARAI or Automotive Research Authority of India certifies all the new vehicles that go on sale in the Indian market by testing them extensively. The testing of the Royal Enfield Scrambler by ARAI ensures that the bike is in pipeline to be launched.
The Royal Enfield Scrambler would be first of its kind from the Indian manufacturer. The bike is based on the the Royal Enfield Classic, the best selling bike of the brand at the moment. However, it may only be offered in 500cc version and the lower, 350cc engine may not be available with the Scrambler at the time of the launch.
The spy pictures of the bike shows that it will get a number of changes that sets it apart from the regular model. To start with, there will be an upswept exhaust, a different handlebar and repositioned foot pegs. It will offer a much relaxed ride than the regular Classic version of the bike. Royal Enfield has also added a new seat type with the Scrambler 500. It is a new single-seat with a metal rack for hooking up weekend luggage at the rear.
The engine is also expected to remain untouched. It will be powered by the single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that is also available with the Royal Enfield Classic and the Royal Enfield Thunderbird. It churns out a maximum of 27.2 PS at 5,250 rpm and 41.3 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission. The 500cc engine of Royal Enfield gets electric fuel injection system too.
The price of the Scrambler 500 is expected to be much higher than the regular Classic 500. The Classic 500 is priced at Rs. 1.8 lakhs, ex-showroom and the Scrambler version is expected to get a price tag of around Rs. 2.1 lakhs. Royal Enfield will equip the bike with front and rear disc brakes and the dual-channel ABS is also expected to be standard in the bike.
With the new launch, it will become the most affordable Scrambler bike in the market. Royal Enfield already offers the most affordable adventure bike in the form of Himalayan and the most affordable twin-cylinder bike in the form of the Interceptor in the Indian market.
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