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Yamaha not interested in launching XSR155 in India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

In the past, speculations were that Yamaha is considering bringing the XSR155 to India. The retro-classic motorcycle is based on the much popular Yamaha YZF-R15 sold in the Indian market. But if you were waiting in hopes of the bike to make its debut in India. Reports suggest that the Japanese manufacturer may not consider bringing the XSR155 anytime soon. 

Why Consider Yamaha FZ-X and not the Yamaha XSR 155?

According to a media report, Yamaha is currently concentrating on the newly launched Yamaha FZ-X. The neo-retro motorcycle is based on the FZ series sport naked machines. The FZ series enjoys popularity in the entry-level and the urban commuter segment. The company is aware of the rise in the retro and modern classic segment. But from the price point, the brand thinks the FZ-X is a more viable product for our country. According to the brand, the FZ-X will penetrate the market better than the XSR 155 and more relevant for our market. 

Yamaha FZ-X & Yamaha MT-15 Price Comparison

To put things into perspective, let us compare the price of the Yamaha FZ-X and the Yamaha MT-15, the latter of which is based on the YZF-R15. The Yamaha FZ-X comes with a price tag of INR 1.17 lakh ex-showroom. On the other hand, the Yamaha MT-15 comes with a price tag of INR 1.41 lakh ex-showroom. The price difference in both motorcycles is approximately INR 25,000, which is significant in India. If Yamaha plans to bring the XSR155, the retro-classic scrambler will come with a price tag between 1.40 lakh and INR 1.50 lakh. 

Aesthetics Over Performance

Having compared the price points on both the machines, it is also important to note that both motorcycles are entirely different in terms of engine performance, chassis, suspension and equipment. But the lower price on the FZ-X is likely to attract more buyers who would consider aesthetics over performance.

But isn’t it true if the Yamaha MT-15 could co-exist with the Yamaha FZ range, so would the Yamaha XSR 155?

Also Read: 2021 Yamaha FZ-X launched in India at INR 1,16,800

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