The upcoming 125cc scooter from Yamaha could be the Nozza Grande that has been designed for the Asian markets and was also caught testing in the country in the past.
Yamaha India has just sent us an invite stating that it will be launching a new 125cc scooter on 7th May in the country and has teased the front grille of the upcoming scooter barring everything else. The newest entrant to the 125cc scooter club, the upcoming scooter will be rivalling the Honda Activa 125, Piaggio Vespa range as well as the Suzuki Access and Swish models in the segment. The company has been developing the scooter for quite some time now under the codename ’04X’ and its 125cc scooter Nozza Grande was also caught testing on a number incidences in the past.
While it is still a mystery on what the 125cc 04X scooter will be, the Nozza Grande could possibly be a safe bet given its funky styling with the abundance of chrome. First launched in Vietnam, the Nozza Grande was specifically designed for the Asian markets, making it apt for launch in the country. In terms of power, a 125cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine is likely to be on offer but won’t get fuel-injection like in Yamaha scooters overseas, in order to keep costs in check. The scooter will also get telescopic front forks and spring loaded shocks while a front disc brake will also be present.
Yamaha India has imported and tested a host of 125cc models in the past and it will be interesting to see which model makes it to the showrooms in the end. The new 125cc scooter will be produced at the Japanese automaker’s new manufacturing facility at Chennai that is currently producing the newly launched Saluto motorcycle. The 125 scooter space is one of the fastest growing segment of the two-wheeler market and the automaker is surely looking to capture a sizeable chunk in the same as it aims to retail 1.2 million units by 2017.