A new rear monoshock and a traction control system are the crux of this update.
Yamaha recently launched the updated NMax 155 scooter, which is based on the Aerox 155, in China. Given the success of the Aerox 155 in our market, Yamaha Motor India is considering bringing the more traditionally styled NMax 155 maxi scooter to our shores.
- New preload adjustable rear monoshock setup
- Gets a Traction Control system derived from the R15 V4
- Ground clearance lower than that of the Aerox 155
New Yamaha NMax 155: Engine and chassis
The NMax is powered by the same VVA-equipped, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 155cc engine found in the Aerox. 15 hp and 13.8 Nm of torque. The front suspension is handled by a telescoping fork, but the rear gets a new pre-adjustable gas-charged monoshock.
Braking duties are taken care of by a 230mm disc at the front and rear, combined with dual-channel ABS. Ground clearance is significantly lower at 125mm compared to the 145mm on the Aerox 155. Wheel sizes are also smaller, at 13 inches on the NMax, compared to the 14 inch units on the Aerox.
While the under-seat storage capacities are similar to the two, the NMax gets the option of adding a large 39-liter top box. With the 7.1 liter (5.5 liters on the Aerox) fuel tank filled, the NMax comes in at 131 kg, making it 4 kg heavier than the Aerox.
Yamaha NMax 155: features
The biggest addition to the feature list is the introduction of a Traction Control system that is likely to be similar to the one on the R15 V4 as they both share the same engine. While some may limit its functionality to a 15 hp scooter, there is no discount it will still be a nice safety feature.
The new Yamaha NMax will feature an LED headlight with dual low beam chambers flanked by LED daytime running lights with a separate housing for the high beam. The tail lamp is also an LED unit, but the turn signals are traditional halogen lamps. The NMax also gets a fully digital instrument cluster with MyRide app functionality and Bluetooth connectivity that displays email, call and text alerts in addition to the battery level on your smartphone.
In the front apron you will find a weatherproof pocket with a USB connection that allows you to charge your phone on the go; it can also store other small items that you want to protect from the elements. Another useful feature of the NMax is the Start/Stop function, which helps reduce fuel consumption by turning the engine off at traffic lights – will certainly come in handy with today’s dazzling fuel prices.
New Yamaha NMax 155: Launch in India
When we spoke to Yamaha India chairman Eishin Chihana earlier this month, he indicated that the launch of the NMax was dependent on the success of the Aerox in our market. Since its launch, the Aerox has carved a niche for itself, performing consistently month after month, despite limited availability exclusively through the Blue Square dealers. With the traditional Indian scooter buyer preferring usability more than anything else, the NMax could prove to be a great fit combining functionality with a good level of performance, style and features.
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