At the launch of Yamaha FZ V3, the brand has confirmed that it will launch more bikes in 2019-20. The first one in the future lineup includes MT-15.
In an earlier report, we got to know that Yamaha plans to launch more premium motorcycles in India. It wants to shift its focus from the mass-market commuter motorcycle segment.
Over the past years, the best selling products from the brand include R15 series and the FZ series. Fazer is an average performing model. Saluto and Saluto RX fail to make their case in front of Hero Splendor, TVS Radeon and Bajaj Platina.
With the launch of Yamaha FZ V3, the brand has started its ‘Call of the Blue’ plan for India. The specific number is unknown, but the manufacturer plans to launch a couple of premium motorcycles in 2019.
The first upcoming bike in India is Yamaha MT-15, for sure. The two-wheeler manufacturer has confirmed its launch in India, but has not specified its launch date. We believe, the naked performance bike will be launching in February.
MT-15 is basically a naked version of the R15 V3. It has been spotted testing for a couple of times in Delhi NCR. The test mule looks very similar to the International-spec MT-15, but with a few changes.
It will get R15 V3’s 155cc liquid-cooled VVA engine. Also, the mechanicals between both the bike will be same. The pricing range of MT-15 is also expected to be near to R15, at around Rs 1.3 Lakhs.
Following this, Yamaha might launch the 2019 R3. The latest version of the 300cc superbike will sport some cosmetic changes and will get a revised engine. The updated engine will be more refined as per the Indian roads.
There are speculations of the brand bringing MT-03 to the Indian shores. The elder version of MT-15 and the naked version of R3, has been long speculated to come to India.
It will share its engine and other parts with the 2019 R3. As of now, the 900cc Yamaha MT-09 is available here.
We expect the manufacturer to launch atleast 2-3 new motorcycles in 2019. There are also speculations of a premium 155cc scooter, NMax, coming to India.