Yamaha FZ-X Trademark Application Filed, Likely For Upcoming ADV
We knew that the firm was looking at the segment with keen interest and now it looks like it might begin working on its ADV soon.
Yamaha has filed the FZ-X trademark application in India and we think it is an adventure (ADV) motorcycle based on its FZ25 series.
Around this time a year before, it came to light that the 2-wheeler maker is considering launching a small ADV since the segment is slowly but surely growing in the country (read article here).
The numbers back it up as well. In November 2020, the Hero Xpulse 200 saw 1372 takers, while Royal Enfield sold 1550 units of the Himalayan. This provides a perfect opportunity for Yamaha to increase its sales and also enter a new segment.
Since its FZ25 is not selling all that well at the moment, developing an ADV using the platform will help the bikemaker better make use of it while also saving itself some cash.
Of course, Yamaha is expected to retain the 249cc single-cylinder engine, putting out 20.8 PS and 20.1 Nm, and 5-speed gearbox combination.
The digital cluster and switchgear will be carried over too. But, Yamaha will work on the geometry, suspension, and overall off-road capabilities of the bike.
Expect the motorcycle, for which Yamaha FZ-X trademark application has been filed, to come with a slightly different look, while maintaining the core design of the FZ25.
We would like to see wire-spoked wheels, but that might be pushing our luck a bit too far. But, switchable ABS should be offered along with Yamaha’s latest Bluetooth connectivity suite.
Having looked at the segment for quite some time, it looks like Yamaha is finally ready to take the plunge. However, the FZ-X will not be cheap, for the FZ25 in itself costs Rs. 1.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the ADV based on it will only cost more.