Registration of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan and few other BS-III two-wheelers that were launched after December 2015 were banned in Delhi as the region is gearing up to upgrade to BS-IV norms from 1st April, 2016. Since the Himalayan BS-III was launched days before the BS-IV deadline, Delhi’s transport authorities put on hold the approvals for registration of the vehicle without an official order.
As per the emission standard regulations, two wheelers that are being launched in Delhi after 1st April 2016 would have to comply with BS-IV standards while those that are being launched before this deadline will have one year’s time to comply with the said norms. Launching a model with only a few days to spare could be looked at an attempt to avoid selling BS-IV model which would drive up the prices significantly.
If Himalayan was to comply with BS-IV norms, the pricing would have exceeded the critical INR 2 lakh mark but it was imperative for the company to get its launch price as attractive as possible. Now that the talks between Delhi transport ministry and SIAM bore fruits, Royal Enfield launched the Himalayan in the region with only a day left for the BS-IV deadline! It’s priced at INR 1,73,676 (on-road).