Royal Enfield Motors India is planning on launching daily new models every 3 months for the Indian market. The company is expected to launch the classic 350 Next generation in the coming two or three months along with Cruiser 650. Royal Enfield is also planning to launch an interceptor 650 derived 350 cc two-wheeler. It could be dubbed version of either Interceptor 650 or Hunter 650. Interceptor 350 test mules have been spotted many times on a road test. Here, we put together the Top 5 Things to know about upcoming RE interceptor350 based on spied test mules: –
- Based on J1D platform
Royal Enfield Interceptor350 and Hunter 350 could be built on the J1D platform, which also shares underpinnings Meteor 350. The modular architecture will also be seen in the upcoming RE bikes like in the next generation of Classic 350. The Interceptor 350 likely to share the same suspension as well as braking as in the 2021 Classic 350.
- 349 cc SOHC engine
The interceptor and Hunter 350 powered with a 349-cc single cylinder air/liquid-cooled SOHC engine, which is used in the ongoing Meteor 350. The engine is capable enough to develop the maximum power output of 20.2 HP and 27 Nm of peak torque when paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox system. The Meteor 349 cc engine is far more responsive with lesser vibrations compared to the 346 cc SOHC engine that is used in the ongoing Classic 350.
- Design borrowed from Bigger sibling.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 likely to borrow the design elements found in Int 650 and thus have a high quality fit as well as finish with an upmarket vibe to be ensured. The body panels, front and tail section, and other functional elements to be made taking Int 650 design in mind. It is also reported that it could be positioned as a roadster than the retro appeal could be often found in royal Enfield bikes.
While recently launched royal Enfield Meteor 350 directly rivals with Honda H’Ness CB350, its direct competitor will be interceptor 350 and Hunter 350 as of now. However, the two-wheeler carries the roadster design elements without any compromising on the list of the advanced features.
- Launch timeline.
It is expected that the Royal Enfield Interceptor 350 and Hunter 350 could go on sale in the last months of this year or early months of 2022.