First revealed globally in 2014, the Yamaha Tricity is the first three-wheeler that Team Blue developed in collaboration with race engineer Kazuhisa Takano. It was initially powered by a 125cc motor, and the reception then was generally positive for this innovative urban commuter due to its innovative Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology made up of the Cantilevered Telescopic Suspension and Parallelogram Link.
The Tricity’s Unified Braking System (UBS) completes this highly unique front steering and suspension setup. Such technology offers greater stability, particularly when taking corners compared to two-wheelers.
Speaking of visibility, quite a number of these three-wheelers are now being used by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) constables in maintaining traffic within the metropolis.
In 2020, the Tricity continues to draw strong a following, albeit some owners are yearning for more power. This inspired Yamaha to mount a more powerful yet fuel-efficient single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 155cc engine shared with the popular NMax scooter. This bigger mill produces 15hp, compared to the 11hp output of the 125cc model.
The 2020 Yamaha Tricity was first unveiled during the Tokyo Motorcycle Show last year, and is scheduled to roll out from the production line on May 15, 2020, for the Japanese market. It comes in a new paint scheme called Nimbus Grey, although two more color options, Matte Grey Metallic and Milky White Metallic, that were carried over from the last model will still be available for the 2020 edition.
The alloy wheels and comfy seats get a touch of blue colors, too. The front fender and rear cowl are now wrapped with a new set of sporty graphics.
The Tricity is now equipped with LED headlight, turning lights and taillight, as well as a 12V power socket. It also boasts of a large digital instrument panel that shows the speed, clock, eco mode, odometer reading, and ambient temperature.
The standard retail price of the 2020 Yamaha Tricity 155 in Japan is at ¥484,000 (P228,000), while the Tricity 125cc still sells here for P146,000 and only in two straight colors—red and white.
It’s time to level up. We bet it won’t take long for Yamaha Motor Philippines to bring the new Tricity 155 to our shores.