Royal Enfield is gearing up to launch the BS4 version of Himalayan in India around mid-August. Dealerships have already started accepting bookings for the BS4 version of Himalayan at an amount of Rs 5,500. According to the dealerships, the motorcycle will be available to the customers on the first-come-first-serve basis and it already has a waiting period of two months. The BS4 version of Himalayan will be powered by a 411cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The unit will produce a maximum power of 24.5 hp of power along with a peak torque of 32 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The company is updating the Himalayan from carburettor to fuel-injection engine as carburetted engines cannot meet the BS4 emission norms. The Himalayan is equipped with a half-duplex split cradle frame, while 41 mm telescopic forks at the front and a linked mono-shock at the rear complete the suspension setup. The motorcycle has a ground clearance of 220 mm and a seat height of 800 mm seat height.
The Himalayan was launched in 2016, and was the first ADV (adventure) tourer in the company's stable. However, soon owners started reporting multiple problems on social media including issues such as clutch, gearbox or excessive noise from the gearbox. After its launch, the company sold 1,000 units in the initial phase, however, in the first three months of 2017, sales of the motorcycle went down to 638 units.
The carburettor version of the Himalayan is sold at a price of Rs 1.87 lakh,ex-showroom, Delhi. It is expected that BS4 version of the Himalayan will be priced higher than the carburettor model. Royal Enfield might also capitalise in this time and address the quality issues in the BS4 version.