Here’s What Yamaha Has In Store For Us In 2021

Will the R3 finally make a comeback?


Yamaha started off this year with a bang, debuting a 125cc scooter range and discontinuing its 110cc scooters. Unfortunately, aside from this and a host of BS6 updates, the brand hasn’t really brought any new products to India this year. 2021 is going to be a different story, with multiple new two-wheelers expected to debut or return to India. Here’s what you can expect from Team Blue over the next 12 months:


Expected price: Rs 3.80 lakh

Expected launch: Q4, 2021

Photo of Yamaha 2021 R3

Yamaha’s affable little sportsbike is on hiatus at the moment because of the lack of a Euro 5-compliant version in the international market. However, we do expect the R3 to receive an emissions update sometime in 2021, after which it should make a return to the Indian market as well. Expect it to sport an updated look that’s more in-line with its smaller sibling, the R15.

2021 MT-09

Expected price: Rs 11.50 lakh

Expected launch: Q2, 2021

2021 MT-09 stock

Last month, Yamaha unveiled the updated MT-09 to the world with rather polarising results. But the 2021 version does feature a Euro 5-compliant motor meaning that it complies with our BS6 emission norms too. The MT-09 is a model that was on sale in India before BS6 rules kicked in, so we expect it to make a return in BS6-compliant form as well.

NMax 155

Expected price: Rs 1.20 lakh

Expected launch: Q2, 2021

Photo of Yamaha NMax 155

Though not quite a sure thing, we feel there is a fair chance that Yamaha could bring its NMax 155 scooter to India. Our scooter market has evolved to accept 125s as the norm and is now slowly warming up to the idea of 150-160cc scooters as well, and Yamaha has the perfect tool for the job. It has expressed a desire to bring the NMax to India in the past, and 2021 could be the year that it finally arrives.


Expected price: Rs 1.42 lakh

Expected launch: Q2, 2021

Photo of Yamaha XSR155

Modern retros are all the rage at the moment, with almost every manufacturer trying to get a piece of the action. Yamaha has made a half-hearted attempt with the recent FZS-Fi Vintage Edition, but it’s possible that in 2021 it’ll make an earnest effort by launching the stylish XSR155 in India. It shares its underpinnings with the MT-15 but wraps everything up in an old school design.

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