Next-Gen Yamaha XMAX 300 maxi-scooter seems to be the perfect solution for India’s urban mobility if the company brings it here…
While the Indian market is just seeing the maxi-scooters and/or their derivatives enter the country, these scooters have gained a large following and popularity in the international market, especially in Europe.
The power & displacement of a motorcycle paired with a larger & more practical design of a scooter has made the maxi-scooters more prevalent than any other two-wheeler alternatives. And Yamaha, with their 3 offerings, have emerged as one of the forerunners of making the maxi-scooters mainstream in European markets.
Yamaha is offering the maxi-scooters in 3 different models – TMAX, XMAX & SMAX. These 3 offerings are powered by different engines, suitable for riders of different capabilities & experiences. The SMAX is powered by a 155 cc engine, the XMAX by a 300 cc motor while the big-brother TMAX is powered by a 530 cc motor.
The scooter captured in these spy-images is the next-gen XMAX 300 which is being tested somewhere in Europe. The neatly integrated turn-indicators into the front apron are the dead giveaway that the model on test is the next-gen Yamaha XMAX. This same design can be seen on the current XMAX 300 as well.
Looking at the test-bike overall, there is not much we can see different in it design-wise compared to the current model on sale internationally. Making it difficult to see the design in detail is the dark camouflage which is covering the whole test-scooter. The design, grab-rails, seat, exhaust unit and tail-section all look the same as the current-gen model.
It is highly unlikely that the company could be testing a new engine underneath the large body, as they have already upgraded its power-unit to Euro-5 last year, i.e. 2021. However, what Yamaha could be working on is the tuning of the engine in order to comply with the new yet-to-be-defined ‘European Union Noise Restrictions’ for the motorbikes which will be attached to the Euro-5 norms in the upcoming months.
In our country, Keeway recently launched India’s first true max-scooter – Viste 300 – at the price of Rs. 2.99 Lakh (ex-showroom). It is being offered in 3 colour schemes and boasts features like all-LED lighting, first-in-segment heated grips, keyless ignition, alloy wheels and much more.
Response to the new Keeway Vieste 300 could be the determining factor that the companies like Honda & Yamaha could consider India to bring their popular lineup of maxi-scooters, and even adventure-scooter which are the new evolution of the maxi-scooters.