Well, it didn’t really need one! Yamaha is testing its next-generation FZ in India. The 2019 Yamaha FZ was spotted recently doing its test rounds. Yamaha had first launched the FZ 150 in India in 2008 and got the second-generation model here in 2014. It looks like the time has now come for the third generation to make its debut. The launch is likely to happen this year.
Tell me what’s new in the 2019 Yamaha FZ?
The 2019 Yamaha FZ has got a similar styling to the bigger FZ25. The headlight for instance is the same and will likely be a full LED set up. However, we hope Yamaha has learnt a thing or two from the FZ25 and has incorporated headlamp units with a better throw. The sculpted fuel tank appears to have a bigger capacity too. Yamaha has added tank extensions too. Another noticeable aspect is that the end can now looks similar to the one on the first-gen FZ. It is a chunkier unit. The alloy wheels too have a different design.
The seat is again a single unit as opposed to the split arrangement on the current-gen bike. The rear grab rails also seem different. Yamaha is unlikely to have tinkered with the tail light design though. There is a belly pan beneath the engine too.
Engine of the 2019 Yamaha FZ?
The Japanese company will likely use a new 160cc engine in the 2019 Yamaha FZ. This engine while being air cooled is likely to make around 15PS of power. It will have BlueCore technology for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Speaking of which, the new FZ will likely be the first motorcycle in the country to have a BS-VI engine. Yamaha though is known to be a reactive company than proactive, so the chances of this happening are slim. A new 6-speed gearbox could also be employed.
What will there be for sure is single channel ABS. The disc set up at the front and back will be standard though. In the past, Yamaha officials have commented on how their motorcycle brakes are powerful enough to not warrant ABS. So, the switch to single channel ABS will be a reaction to the upcoming April 2019 safety norms for bikes.
Expect the new Yamaha FZ to be sold alongside the current-gen vehicle for sometime. The new Yamaha FZ should start at around Rs 90,000 mark now. The 2019 Yamaha FZ will compete with the Suzuki Gixxer as well as the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and the Honda X-Blade.