The debut of Royal Enfield Meteor 350 had been confirmed to take place at the end of June 2020. Due to the unavoidable COVID-19 Pandemic, the launch was delayed and has not seen the market yet. The motorbike is predicted to be priced at approximately Rs. 1.75 lakh and the bike manufacturer plans on adding a few more new models in the 350cc segment after this one. Meteor is expected to succeed the existing Thunderbird 350x on the two-wheeler market. Although it’s launch date and details are not officially announced yet, there is already a buzz among the Royal fans.
Extensive cosmetic modifications are made in the new Meteor with a brand new powertrain. This justifies the rise in price compared to its predecessor Thunderbird 350x, which was priced at around Rs. 1.56 lakh (ex-showroom). Meteor is estimated to beat its rivals (Jawa forty-two and Benelli Imperiale 400) in terms of affordability with a competitive rate. The visual appearance is substantially different from Thunderbird with the modified headlight, a new fuel tank with the redesigned fuel filler cap and a wide front and rear bumper. As well, redesigned side sections and taillamps have been added. The bike is driven on newer alloy wheels with the sporty feel of the blacked-out tires, engine and emission enhancement. A semi-digital instrument panel is offered for the newest Royal Enfield 350cc motorcycle.
Talking about the engine, the RE Meteor will have a BS6 compliant overhead camshaft with a lighter body. It is expected to deliver 19.8 bhp and 28Nm torque; however, the braking system is transferred from the Thunderbird original setup. All that is known about Meteor at this point is that it will come in Red and Yellow colors, will offer a newly designed engine and is at a significantly cheaper side compared to other bikes around the relevant market.