Yamaha India which has introduced the 2019 FZ or FZ-S Version 3.0 with ABS, is gearing up to launch an all-new product in the country in the coming months. It would be a premium naked 150cc motorcycle, the MT-15 which has officially announced to launch in India by March 2019. Unofficially, the pre-bookings for the Yamaha MT-15 has been commenced at select dealerships across the country at the token amount ranging from INR 2k to 10k, depending upon the dealer. Also, this token amount is totally refundable if one wants to cancel booking later in time.
The MT moniker in the Indian market is not new as the company already has the Yamaha MT-09 in its bucket to serve the mass centric Indian market. With the lightweight MT-15, we would see the expansion of MT nameplate across the country as the biking enthusiasts are preferring to opt premium motorcycles.
The Yamaha MT-15 which has been updated with 2019 model year updates and available in the global market. The India-spec model will also be an updated trim though with different specs as compared to international spec trim. It will keep the LED headlamp from the latter albeit a few of components will be revised units as conventional telescopic fork instead of USD front forks. The fuel tank is a less sculpted unit along with fewer extensions. The instrument cluster will be a shared unit from the Yamaha R15 V3. However, the Bluetooth connectivity will not be provided. This offering with Bluetooth connectivity is expected in the coming months via the Japanese giant in the country.
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The MT-15 is based on the Yamaha R15 V3.0 platform. In terms of body language, the India spec MT-15 is a naked street fighter which shares styling from the elder sibling MT-09 though detailing are not that sharp comparatively. The riding ergonomics are relaxed, however, the slightly rear set footpegs add to its sportiness. In the global market, the Yamaha MT15 is available on sale in the colour options of Grey-Black, Blue-Black, All-Blue and All-Black. Dimensionally, it measures 1,969 mm in length, 800 mm in width and 1,065mm in height along with the wheelbase of 1,335mm. The seat height and ground clearance for this upcoming roadster with 133kgs, are 810mm and 155mm respectively. The motorcycle packs a fuel tank of capacity 10-litres and offers a turning radius of 2.4 meters.
Beneath the fuel tank, the MT-15 is loaded with a 155cc, single-cylinder motor borrowed from the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3. Incorporated with VVA (variable valve actuation) technology and six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch, the mill is capable of generating the maximum power of 18.7bhp and the vertex torque of 15Nm. The braking components on the bike consist of disc brakes at both wheels in association with dual-channel ABS.
If the pricing is concerned, the Yamaha MT-15 is expected to price around INR 1.25 lakhs (ex-showroom) which will pose this naked street against rivals the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and the KTM 125 Duke, and the Hero Xtreme 200R in the segment.