The 2020 Yamaha Nmax is definitely coming. And soon! This is evidenced by a leaked memo to dealers with photos that show the new “full model change” Nmax, its variants, prices, and colors. The memo is dated July 2020.
The 2020 Nmax will have 2 variants: regular and ABS. The entry level, non-ABS model starts at PhP119,900 and will be available in Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, and Tech Camo (matte green). The Nmax ABS, on the other hand starts at PhP134,500. It will be available in Midnight Black, Matte Red, and Tech Camo.
We’ve talked in detail about the Nmax many times in the past. It features new styling with the biggest change being the LED head- and taillamps, with integrated daytime running lamps (DRL).
It will have a new high beam flasher switch and a hazard lamp switch built-in.
Powering the bike is a 155cc Blue Core 4-stroke water-cooled SOHC single cylinder engine with Variable Valve Actuation. It produces 15.4 PS at 8,000 rpm and 13.9 Nm at 6,500 rpm, figures very similar to its predecessor.
It seems Yamaha has heard complaints of the harsh rear ride, which is why the new Nmax features new twin shocks in the rear with subtanks for a better ride. Like before, it will have a disc brake in front and behind. ABS and traction control will be fitted in the top-of-the-line model.
The rider will get to see all this info on the multifunction instrument panel. It displays fuel, temperature, digital speedometer, and trip info with two trip computers and real-time and average fuel consumption, and when VVA is in use.
On the front shield, the right compartment is now covered while the left remains open. The left compartment now features a power socket that riders can use to charge their phone while on the go.
New tech features
The Nmax has several new high-tech features in other markets. However, because they may make the motorcycle more expensive, there’s a chance Yamaha Philippines may opt not to include these.
First of all, the Nmax can be equipped with a new keyless system. This allows riders to keep their keys in their pockets and simply twist the ignition knob to start or open compartments. This is likely to be included as it improves the security of the bike, particularly a popular model like the Nmax.
Another feature is the Stop - Start System, which automatically turns off the engine when idling or at a stoplight to further save fuel. It starts back up again with a simple twist of the throttle. Of course, this system can be turned off if desired. We’re on the fence with this one as it hasn’t proved to be popular among Filipino buyers.
The Nmax also has Bluetooth connectivity allowing riders to connect to the bike via a Yamaha app. This includes features like phone and message notification, parking location, recommended maintenance, fuel consumption, and malfunction notification. It will allow the rider to see if there are messages or calls on the connected phone, as well as check the battery level right on the bike's multifunction display. This is a handy feature, however it requires an app. Chances are, riders already have their own preferred apps for these functions or prefer their own judgement when it comes to maintenance.
With or without these features, the 2020 Nmax’s arrival is good news and we’re looking forward to the launch soon.