The ongoing TVC shoot for the new FZ-X in Kerala revealed many things. Additionally, the launch is likely to take place in the coming days.
Yamaha has a lot of plans on the table right now. Yamaha chairman Eishin Chihana stated that the RX brand will return in 2026 or later and will feature an over 100cc engine. The company will also bring along some of its larger bikes, such as the R7 and MT-09 and an electric scooter.
Yamaha Chairman, Chihana has previously hinted about the company's focus. He added that the company is more focused towards manufacturing the 125cc to 150cc bikes, and Yamaha can also add an ADV in this space. For now, the new ADV will likely be based on the model FZ-X. However, it is assumed that the FZ-X is on the verge of a facelift for the year 2023.
The Yamaha FZ-X is the company's attempt to break into the neo-retro category with its tried and tested 150cc platform. As a result, the FZ-X will come with a round headlight with built-in DRLs and a projector unit. In addition, FZ-X has more to be increased with than the regular FZ to offer improved performance and looks. The FZ-X has more potential than being a daily commuter bike.
In the 2023 update, the main highlight will be the dual-channel ABS, which used to be just single-channel ABS, and a dual calliper up front. Thus, the Yamaha New FZ-X became the first 150cc motorcycle in India to be equipped with the dual channel ABS option. The closest bike with dual-channel ABS is the Bajaj Pulsar N160.
Along with improved braking, Yamaha will offer the golden colour alloy wheels which we've already seen in the FZS 25 and FZ FI. The FZ-X will receive this premium treatment for its alloy wheels for the first time. Previously, Yamaha offered black-striped rims for FZ-X. For the 2023 Yamaha FZ-X, we now get golden colour alloy wheels that may be different to everyone's liking. Finally, the new FZ-X will be presented in a new colour after a long wait. Details about this colour have yet to be discovered.
In the neo-retro style, the FZ-X relies on the same platform and engine as the FZ FI. This 149 cc engine produces 12.2 bhp of power along with a torque of 13.3 Nm. A 5-speed gearbox is offered that regulates power up to a claimed top speed of 115 km/h. The new FZ-X for 2023 will remain mechanically unchanged.
Except for the new two-channel ABS, the rest of the components have remained the same. It remains to be seen if Yamaha offers dual-channel ABS as standard or as an option on the FZ-X. Due to new equipment, there will definitely be a price increase.
It is currently available in three colour options, metallic blue, brushed copper, and brushed black. The starting ex-showroom prices start at Rs. 1.35 lakh, which also has Bluetooth connectivity. The new FZ-X will be launched in a few days and could start at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1.4 lakh.
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