Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd (HLYM) previews new Yamaha NMax Scooter model.
Another bike company that made headlines last weekend was Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd (HLYM). The Malaysian assembler and distributor of Yamaha motorcycles held a special preview of its newest entry, the new Yamaha NMax scooter.
First to view the NMax were a select group of journalist as well as the bulk of HLYM’s dealer network during a Chinese New Year celebration dinner in Genting Highlands. Here what we managed to garner about the new Yamaha scooter that will soon debut in our market.
Firstly, the Yamaha NMax supposedly sit as a ‘baby’ version of the Yamaha TMax maxi-scooter. The NMax is powered by a liquid-cooled 155cc single-cylinder SOHC four-stroke engine primed with fuel injection that develops nearly 15hp @ 8,000rpm and peak torque of 14.4Nm @ 6,000rpm.
The powerplant is also primed with the Yamaha brand’s latest Bluecore efficiency suite, with notable features such as a Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system and a first-in-segment (150cc bikes) CVT-type automatic transmission that promises great fuel efficiency. Speaking of which, the scooter, although compact in size, features an adequately large 6.6-litre fuel tank, promising a decent maximum travel range as well.
The scooter underpins an underbone chassis construction with a rear swingarm, but it is primed with a telescopic front forks set paired with twin-tower rear shocks that promises better comforts and handling abilities against its segment rival (read Honda PCX). The NMax also features a set of stylish 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 110/70-sized tyres up front and a 130/70-sized tyre at the rear.
Besides that, it also features all-round disc-brakes, with both front and rear discs measuring 230mm. However, unlike the Thai-spec and Indonesian-spec model, the Malaysian-flavoured Yamaha NMax makes do without ABS brakes for now. Other highlights include a digital instrument display, a large under-seat storage bin, as well as a LED daytime running lights and taillights.
The new scooter is set to arrive in the market starting April this year and is available in two colour schemes – red and grey – with an estimated starting price around the RM10,000 mark (sans GST, insurance,registration, etc.)
Besides previewing the new Yamaha NMax, HLYM also displayed the updated Yamaha LC135 kapcai model range as well. The popular and sporty kapcai gains new colour schemes from 2016 onwards, and you can check them out in the gallery below or by visiting our sister site MotoMalaya.net to know more.
New Yamaha NMax preview @ First World Hotel, Genting Highland