Yamaha in Thailand has formally announced the availability of the 2020 Yamaha NMax 155 for its local market. This Southeast Asian country is the second in the region to sell this classy yet highly functional urban scooter which has become a favorite of newbie and seasoned riders alike. But even before we begin speculating on its scheduled arrival here, the introduction of the new NMax 155 in our neighboring country might come as a big surprise to Pinoy scooter lovers.
As we reported earlier, the new NMax comes with some redesigned body panels, new LED headlight and taillight (with daytime running lights), and sleeker turning lights that make it easy to distinguish from its predecessor.
But in Thailand, it only comes in one variant which appears to be a base model. This version misses a host of electronic rider aids present in the Indonesian model like Y-connect, keyless entry system, and traction control.
The Y-Connect is a particularly exciting feature. When linked to your smartphone via the Yamaha app, the multi-function instrument panel can inform the rider of incoming messages, engine malfunction, and periodic maintenance schedules. It can also show the way to the nearest parking area, and it gives a warning if there are any battery issues.
There are also no twin piggy-back shock absorbers for the Thai-spec NMax. Nonetheless, it still gets the new design and the rectangular-shaped LCD display in place of the old circular unit. It is also fitted with a dual-channel ABS and a USB charging port.
The new NMax uses the same 155cc SOHC liquid-cooled, four-stroke Blue Core single-cylinder engine with VVA technology for better fuel efficiency without compromising power. At this point, we can only surmise that this move by Yamaha’s Thai office was dictated by prevailing market trends, prompting them to lower the cost of the new scooter.
But considering the strong market for premium scooters here, we are still hopeful that we will receive the full-spec NMax 155 as soon as possible. At the very least, Yamaha should offer Pinoys the complete model options.
Do you want the complete package or not?