The new Yamaha YZF-R3 or the BS6 compliant MT-09? Yamaha India has plans to launch a total of five new products by the end of this year, which will include two new 125cc scooters with hybrid tech.
Yamaha two-wheelers India recently launched the FZ-X for Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom), and you can read about the neo-retro motorcycle by clicking here. The Japanese manufacturer also introduced the 2021 Yamaha Fascino 125 scooter with hybrid tech, which is expected to make its debut by this festive season.
A screengrab from Yamaha's virtual showroom
Along with the aforementioned two-wheelers, Yamaha has also teased the entry of five new two-wheelers in the Indian market by the end of 2021. The first one is likely to be the 2021 Fascino 125 hybrid scooter. You can read about the changes and updates by clicking here.
The second will be the Ray ZR 125 scooter with an updated powertrain. The Ray ZR is also available with a ‘Street Rally’ variant – the third on the list.
Interestingly, Yamaha is yet to update the YZF-R3 to meet the BS6 norms. However, the YZF-R3 has seen substantial upgrades in terms of mechanicals and cosmetics in the international market. Will Yamaha consider bringing its sub-400cc supersport in the Indian market again? We have no confirmation yet. But considering KTM’s RC390 replacement has reached the production form, it’s about time that Yamaha India pulls up its socks to claim its share in that segment. Not to mention the Ninja 300 that has made a re-entry in the India market with a BS6 compliant engine and has been attracting buyers for a few months now.
The final product in the list is likely to be the BS6 compliant Yamaha MT-09. It is too soon to confirm if Yamaha India will focus on the premium side of the market. And we also suspect, the Japanese bike maker could bring in a few special edition models of its existing YZF-R15 V3, MT-15, or FZ-25 models.