A report by AutoCar India confirms that Yamaha MT-15 will launch in India this year. It recently replaced both M-Slaz and Xabre 150 from the respective international markets. The upgraded design flaunts the premium equipment with pride to the fans worldwide.
Yamaha is simplifying its nomenclature, picking up familiar names for all markets and using identical designs for multiple continents to save the additional design cost. The new Yamaha MT-15 comes with typical street bike headlight, highly inspired by MT-09 and carrying an additional projector headlight housing under the design. The golden forks are still eye-catchy and practical for a compact street bike. The Deltabox frame is visible clearly under the sharp body panels.
The same frame does duty under India-spec Yamaha R15 and European R125. Also, it would not be wrong to expect the same frame and body design for Euro spec MT-125. Yamaha is using a familiar tail section on MT-15, sharing the winglets that were first seen on the litre-class R1 in the company lineup. Being a streetfighter, the motorcycle comes with sharp fuel tank extensions, impressive knee supporting fuel tank design and compact seat design with lighter than ever tail section. The colour-coded alloy wheel finish is further a highlight for naked bike fans around the globe. For India, the USD forks will definitely get a miss.
Yamaha MT-15 costs 98,500 Thai Baht (INR 2,20,800 approx) and brings loads of upgraded equipment like the new all-digital console with a dark theme, USD front forks, premium tire combination and not to forget the highly influencing design language. The motorcycle uses the same exhaust setup as R15 V3, clearly indicating that the engine used here is 155.1cc, single cylinder unit with VVA, producing 19.3 HP and 15 Nm of torque.
As the Indian market has made ABS mandatory for new products, getting MT-15 at INR 1.29 lakh is the most obvious guess. R15 V3 will move to a higher INR 1.39 lakh price tag before April 2019. If Yamaha plans to bring more fun into the market, introducing the MT-15 ABS at INR 1.19 lakh can prove fatal to other bikes. MT-15 is expected to arrive in India by mid-2019. Earlier, the motorcycle was expected to launch this month, but as per the latest details available, Yamaha will launch the FZ Version 3 first, on January 21.
Yamaha MT-15 Specifications
- Engine Displacement: 155cc
- Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, SOHC
- Max. Power: 19.3 HP (Expected)
- Max. Torque: 15 NM (Expected)
- Gearbox: 6-Speed
- Fuel Tank: 10 Litres
- Overall Length: 1965mm
- Overall Width: 800mm
- Overall Height: 1065mm
- Wheelbase: 1335mm
- Seat Height: 810mm
- Ground Clearance: 155mm
- Kerb Weight: 133kg
- Front Brake: 282mm Single Disc
- Rear Brake: 220mm Single Disc
- Front Suspension: USD Forks (India will get conventional telescopic forks)
- Rear Suspension: Monoshock
- Front Tyre: 110/70-17
- Rear Tyre: 140-70/17
Yamaha MT-15 Photos