The Chennai-based motorbike manufacturing giant, Royal Enfield, recently released its first and brand-new teaser for its upcoming adventure motorcycle, the Himalayan 450. In the teaser, the company revealed the coordinates for the location of Manali, where the first drive of this upcoming bike will be held sometime in late October and early November. Further advancements on this forthcoming bike have unveiled a few completely undisguised pictures of the Himalayan 450, sharing all the major design differences between the outgoing and the incoming new model.
The first thing that can be noted from the recently leaked pictures is that, although the overall design may appear the same at first glance, there are numerous changes introduced by Royal Enfield to this new Himalayan 450. Starting at the front, it can be observed that the new Himalayan 450 will receive a slight update. Under this update, the front will feature an all-new design for the high-mounted mudguard. The front USD fork suspension has also been updated and looks different from the outgoing model.
Additionally, the design of the windshield seems to differ from the existing model. The headlight, as can be noticed, looks the same as the circular unit in the outgoing model, but it is highly likely to be an LED unit, bringing the Himalayan 450 up to modern standards. Another major design difference that can be noted is that the company has given the tubular exoskeleton a slight update; it now appears somewhat different from the outgoing model. Also, what will be entirely different in this new bike is its fuel tank. The redesigned fuel tank seems to be slightly larger than the current model’s thin and sleek fuel tank.
Although not entirely clear from these pictures, previous spy shots have revealed that the upcoming Himalayan 450 will feature an all-new digital instrument gauge cluster. This new cluster will have a completely new interface and will come equipped with numerous new features aimed at enhancing the riding experience. Another new addition to the Himalayan 450 will be the switchgear. The company is slated to revise the switchgear along with the handlebar of this upcoming bike.
Moving to the middle of the upcoming bike, it can be noted that the motorbike will feature an all-new design for the split seat setup, and the front portion of the seat will extend a little further onto the fuel tank. Additionally, it can also be observed that the frame of the bike has been completely redesigned, replacing the large Himalayan-etched metal plate with a more subtle-looking piece finished in the same color as the body.
A new monoshock suspension can be seen in the middle of the bike underneath the driver’s seat. A little further down, a completely new exhaust design can also be noted. Lastly, the rear seat has been completely redesigned and now features new mounting points and a tubular exoskeleton, which were missing on the previous generation model.
One of the biggest changes that will be incorporated into this new Himalayan 450 is an all-new liquid-cooled engine. This engine will be the brand’s first liquid-cooled engine and, according to reports, will be a completely new 450cc single-cylinder engine. As per the reports, this new engine will most likely produce around 40 bhp of power and 45 Nm of torque. As for the gearbox, it will likely be a six-speed unit.
As mentioned in the introduction, the bike maker will be launching the all-new Himalayan 450 between October 30 and November 1. Meanwhile, on the pricing side of things, it is likely to be priced at around Rs. 2.6 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched in the Indian market, the new Himalayan 450 will compete against models like the KTM 390 Adventure X, BMW G310 GS, and the upcoming Bajaj/Triumph Scrambler 400X.