In order to effectively take on rivals such as KTM 390 Adventure, Royal Enfield has come up with a brand-new platform. Codenamed K1, this new platform will spawn a number of new offerings and first off the mark will be Himalayan 450 catering to aspirations of the adventure (ADV) segment. Now it has been spied testing almost ready for launch. The design seems like a proper ADV with a high stance, long travel suspension with a big tank, raised headlight, front fender and a larger console which is very Dakar-inspired.
The bike will feature a single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine capable of putting out 40 bhp. The engine is capable of generating even more than 45 bhp but in the interest of strong low- and mid-end range, RE will launch the bike with 40bhp output very likely.
Himalayan 450 gets different styling and design although cues related to Himalayan 411 are quite apparent on the bike. Specifically, the way the frame connects the headlamp to the fuel tank gives the impression of the brand’s heritage. In addition, the circular headlamp is unmistakably Himalayan and so are the setup of spoke wheels. The bike will use a trellis frame and we expect RE to fine tune it right unlike their other chassis on offer.
The front suspension on the Himalayan 450 gets a long travel and adding to the excitement is the inclusion of USD forks. We don’t have information on the ground clearance but by looking at the image, Himalayan 450 definitely impresses on this front. The bike seems sorted from the perspective of ergonomics and ride comfort too. Handlebars are easy to reach and centre-set footpegs add to the overall feel of riding comfort.
Now coming to the critical question of launch timing and pricing of the Himalayan 450. According to initial plans, Himalayan 450 was expected to get market launch towards the end of 2022 although the latest schedule has pushed the launch to the last quarter of 2023. As far as pricing is concerned, we guesstimate Himalayan 450 to start at around Rs 2.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). However, at this price point, it’ll be very close to what Interceptor 650 demands from prospective buyers.
RE has addressed this issue by launching new variants of Interceptor 650 including the ones with alloy wheels that will push the prices of Interceptor 650 upwards, thereby creating a significant gap between the prices of the two motorcycles. Of course, the INT 650 prices also have gone up before the change happened. Now, significantly different than the Himalayan and Scram 411, it will keep the aforementioned bikes for sale while this goes on sale at the same time.