Yamaha could be planning to introduce a new maxiscooter in India. According to sources, the brand is closely observing the Indian market, especially the maxiscooter segment. The news leads to speculation the Japanese manufacturer might be planning to introduce a new Yamaha maxiscooter to compete with the Suzuki Burgman 125 and the Aprilia SXR125.
The maxiscooter segment caters to a new set of buyers wanting premium mobility within the urban jungle. Sources believe that when Suzuki launched the Burgman Street 125, it opened up a new set of clientele. The same could be valid for the Aprilia SXR range of scooters in India. But as of now, there are no reports of which Yamaha maxiscooter is likely to make its debut.
Yamaha Fascino 125 & Ray ZR
Recently, Yamaha announced that the brand would be soon introducing the Fascino 125 FI Hybrid scooter. The scooter comes with a new Smart Motor Generator (SMG) System that can provide power assist to the internal combustion engine. The SMG also does the duty of starting the engine more efficiently and silently compared to conventional starter motors. The brand also revealed that the Ray ZR scooter range would adopt the new engine technology in India.
Sources believe that the same technology that powers the Fascino 125 and Ray ZR will also power the upcoming maxiscooter. This leads us to believe that the new maxiscooter will also come with a hybrid engine. Powering the Fascino 125 is a BS6 compliant 125cc blue core single-cylinder air-/fan-cooled engine. The fuel-injected engine produces 8.2 PS of power and 10.3 Nm of torque.
To put things into perspective, the Suzuki Burgman Street comes with a BS6 emission-compliant 124cc, single-cylinder air-/fan-cooled engine that makes 8.7 PS of power and 10 Nm of torque. The Aprilia SXR 125, on the other hand, produces 9.52 PS of power and 9.2 Nm of torque from a 124.45cc single-cylinder air-/fan-cooled three-valve engine.
Launch Timeline and Price
The Yamaha maxiscooter is likely to be the most expensive scooter in its portfolio. Expect the new Yamaha maxiscooter to make its debut by early next year.