There's no doubt that many Filipino riders have a thing for scooters. And there's Yamaha Motor Philippines' sales numbers to prove it. The Yamaha NMAX 155 is among the Japanese motorcycle maker's widely popular offerings from its MAX Series, which came to the country around five years ago. So, when news came out that the 2020 Yamaha NMAX 155 was launched in Southeast Asia a few months back, many have been patiently waiting for its arrival in this scooter-loving country.
Patience pays off as just recently Yamaha Motor Philippines already divulged the price of the 2020 Yamaha NMAX 155 standard and ABS variants ahead of the scooter's upcoming release in the local market. There's also reportedly a leaked memorandum dated July 2020 supposedly for distribution to dealerships confirming the 155cc scoot's impending arrival, and along with it photos of the 2020 Yamaha NMAX's full model range.
As with the current iteration of the Yamaha NMAX, the 2020 model comes in two trims. The base model that comes without an anti-lock braking system (ABS) sells for PHP 119,900 (about PHP 10,000 more than the current iteration), while the ABS-equipped variant sells for PHP 134,500 (about PHP 15,000 more than the previous model).
The additional peso is all worth it because the 2020 Yamaha NMAX now boasts new, cooler features than before starting with the restyled panels and the now fully LED headlights and taillights with integrated daytime running lights (DRL). A high-beam flasher and a hazard light switch have also been built into the motorcycle's controls. Furthermore, comfort has been upgraded with its enhanced rear twin shocks with sub-tanks that are meant to improve dampening. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes for superior stopping power. The top-ranging ABS variant also comes with traction control and a smart-keyless entry system.
No changes are made to the 2020 Yamaha NMAX's 155cc single-cylinder 4-stroke water-cooled Blue Core engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), and it still produces the same 15hp at 8,000rpm maximum output and 13.9Nm at 6,500rpm of torque.
The scooter's previously rounded instrument panel has been replaced with a new, rectangular-shaped LCD display that shows the digital speedometer, temperature meter, fuel gauge and real-time average fuel consumption, trip information, and a VVA-use indicator.
The new Yamaha NMAX standard version comes in paint schemes of Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, and the matte green Tech Camo. The ABS variant dons the same colorways except for Phantom Blue, which is replaced with Matte Red instead.
July is ending soon, so enthusiasts better sit tight as the latest version of the Yamaha NMAX is surely just around the corner.
- Images from yamaha-motor.co.id