Royal Enfield is planning a product offensive for 2021 and that includes bringing new motorcycles and variants every quarter. The company kick-started its plan with the launch of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and there are a number of models to look forward to. One such model that is extremely important is the next-generation Classic 350 that is currently under development and was recently spotted testing in the production-spec guise.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the brand’s best-selling model and makes for nearly 70 percent of its sales month-on-month. That’s why the new-generation Classic 350 becomes all the more important. The spy shots indicate the brand isn’t tinkering too much with the design language that stays true to the original model that inspired the Classic range and has made it so popular. The bike continues to get a new headlamp that continues to get a circular design and also integrates the DRL. The main bulb will remain a halogen unit on the production-spec model. There are new side panels, new round taillight and split seats. The bike also rides on spoke wheels, while the rear fenders are broader than before.
The new Royal Enfield Classic 350 will be built on the new modular J platform that also underpins the new Meteor 350. The bike will also draw power from the newly-developed 350cc single-cylinder engine with air-cooling and fuel injection. The new motor gets a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) replacing the push-rod set-up and that makes for better power delivery and fewer vibrations. Expect the power figures to stay the same as the Meteor with 21PS at 6100RPM and 27Nm of peak torque at 4000RPM. The 5-speed gearbox will stay as well.
Royal Enfield is also likely to bring the semi-digital console on the next-generation Classic 350 that will also come with Bluetooth connectivity, and turn-by-turn navigation via the Tripper app using your smartphone. The bike will continue to use telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear, while braking power will come from discs at either end with dual-channel ABS. Prices will get a marginal hike, so expect the range to start from Rs. 1.65 lakh and topping out nearly Rs. 2 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 will take on the Jawa, Honda H’Ness CB 350, Benelli Imperiale 400 and the likes.