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Royal Enfield recently launched the Hunter 350 motorcycle in the Indian market – the latest bike to be based on the company’s J-Series platform after the Meteor 350, and the Classic 350. This leaves the Bullet 350 as the only motorcycle to be currently based on the company’s older 346 cc platform.

While Royal Enfield hasn’t confirmed anything in this regard, we expect the company to introduce a new-gen version of the Bullet 350 very soon. Here’s everything you can expect from the new-gen RE Bullet 350 –

Engine

The biggest change on the new-gen Bullet 350 will be the engine. The 346 cc motor will be replaced with the Hunter 350’s J-platform 349 cc engine. This unit puts out 20.2 hp of maximum power and 27 Nm of peak torque on the likes of Classic, Hunter, and Meteor – and we expect it to be carried over as it is to the new Bullet 350. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.

Apart from the 1.1 hp bump in power and a 1 Nm torque reduction, the new engine will be more refined, and it is also expected to bring along the end of the kick-start version of the Royal Enfield Bullet 350.

Hardware

The new-gen Bullet 350 is expected to make use of the same double downtube frame as the Classic 350. The suspension duties will likely be taken care of by a conventional telescopic fork up front, coupled with twin shock absorbers at the back. The braking setup will likely consist of a front disc, and a rear drum unit, with standard single-channel ABS.

Features

On the feature front, the current-gen Bullet 350 is pretty bare bones with no modern features whatsoever. However, we expect Royal Enfield to introduce its Tripper Navigation system on the new-gen version of the bike as an optional extra. The new-gen Bullet 350 is also expected to feature a new instrument cluster, which might actually be an analogue speedometer, but with a small digital display placed below it.

Pricing

Pricing for the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 currently starts from Rs 1.48 lakh, going all the way up to Rs 1.63 lakh. However, the elimination of the kick-start version means that the starting price would go much higher. Royal Enfield could price it from Rs 1.7 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom), which will pit it right above the recently launched Hunter 350 in the company’s portfolio.