Local Yamaha assemblers and distributors Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) have finally launched the highly anticipated and brand new 2020 Yamaha N-Max. The new scooter model made its debut virtually via a live stream on HLYM's official Facebook page earlier this week.
According to HLYM, the firm had initially planned to introduce the new N-Max earlier this year. These plans were, of course, delayed, by the global pandemic crisis that is Covid-19. Nevertheless, it has landed, and the firm confirms that it will hit dealer floors starting this month.
So what's new? Plenty. For starters, there's the face-lifted exterior design, resulting in a sharper, bolder looking scooter than before. New here too is the full-LED headlight and taillight, as well as a redesigned LCD instrument display that's now easier to toggle via a switch on the left of the handlebar.
As before, the N-Max employs Yamaha's liquid-cooled 155cc single-cam single-cylinder VVA mill and twist-and-go CVT automatic pairing. Not only peppy (15hp and 13.9Nm), the mill also boasts an idling stop-start suite, as well as a new Starter Generator Control Unit and Smart Motor Generator System, all working towards enhancing both its efficiency and comfort.
Other features present on board include all-round disc brakes, a larger 7.1-litre fuel tank, sizeable 23.3-litre under-seat storage bin, 12-volt charging socket, new hazard light function, and much more.
What's surprisingly absent here though is a single-channel ABS and Yamaha's novel new Bluetooth connectivity suites – both features present in premium variants of the N-Max sold in other neighbouring ASEAN markets, in fact.
Despite not packing a few features many were anticipating, HLYM seems confident that the improved styling and enhanced on-board features will fuel the new N-Max's success. If it doesn't, then we reckon the affordable RM8,998 base price (sans on-road costs) the new N-Max commands should instead.
Like what you see? Check out more of the new 2020 Yamaha N-Max in the gallery below.