Royal Enfield recently launched the Himalayan FI variant that is compliant with the BS4 emission norms. However, unlike the UK-spec model, the updated Himalayan did not come equipped with ABS even as an options. Now, Royal Enfield has already started manufacturing the Himalayan ABS variant in India. That said, this variant will be launched in European and other international markets before making its way into the country.
That said, the ABS variant of the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be launched in India sometime in the 2nd half of 2018. ABS and other safety norms will be made mandatory on new bikes above 125cc in India from April 2018, however, manufacturers will have to equip their existing range bikes with ABS from April 2019. A dealer from Royal Enfield France, Tendance Roadster, has confirmed that the corporation has started shipping Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS variants for the Europe and other markets.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS variant was previously showcased EICMA 2016. As per media reports, the Himalayan ABS version is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2018. As a reminder, the bike comes motorized by a 411-cc, cylinder air-cooled engine that can creates a maximum power of 24.5 bhp @ 6,500 rpm against the peak torque of 32 Nm @ 4,250 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. That said, the ABS variant is probable to bring a premium of around INR 10-15,000 over the regular variant. The updated Himalayan comes with fuel injection which has improved throttle response, reduced emissions and bumped up the economy slightly. The company is also confident that this updated bike is trouble free – we hope the same!