Japanese automaker, Yamaha has officially announced that it will launch an all-new motorcycle in the Indian two-wheeler market on January 21, 2019. However, the company hasn't revealed anything about the product. The company has used words like 'adrenaline' and 'excitement' to describe the new motorcycle, which suggests that a sporty motorcycle could arrive on Jan 21, 2019. Meanwhile, Yamaha is testing the new-generation FZ S V3.0 on Indian roads. This almost confirms that the upcoming motorcycle will be the new-gen FZ FI.
Few media reports claims that Yamaha could also launch the sporty MT-15 naked streetfighter, which is already on sale in the Indonesian market. This motorcycle is built on the new-gen R15 V3.0 that debuted in India at 2018 Auto Expo. The company is also working on the ABS equipped versions of the R15, FZ 25, Fazer 25 and the R3.
Coming back to the new-gen FZ FI, the motorcycle will receive several changes to the design. The company could also make some changes to the mechanics of the motorcycle. The current motorcycle is the least powerful and the lightest in its category. It is expected that the new motorcycle will receive a jump in power and torque.
The next-generation Yamaha FZ FI will share styling cues from the bigger FZ25. It will be equipped with LED headlamps inspired from the 250cc sibling. Adding to it, the motorcycle will have new fuel tank design with new tank shrouds. Spy images reveal that the motorcycle gets a small belly pan, which suggests that the next-gen model will come in two variants - S and FZ.
The new-gen FZ FI is expected to be powered by the same 149cc, single-cylinder engine that powers the outgoing model. The current engine churns out 13bhp of power and 12.8Nm of torque. It is expected that the next-gen model will offer higher power and torque outputs. The new motorcycle will receive ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard.
Talking about MT-15, the sport-naked motorcycle shares its mechanicals with the Yamaha R15 V3.0. The motorcycle is already on sale in select Asian markets including Thailand. It is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 19bhp and 15Nm of torque. While the international-spec model is available with a USD front forks, the India-spec model will receive the conventional telescopic forks. The design of the motorcycle is inspired from the bigger MT-series motorcycles.