Yamaha Indonesia took the wraps off the new 2020 Nmax. The new model features several key revisions to keep it competitive in its segment. In addition, a lot of styling upgrades suggest it has taken inspiration from its bigger sibling, the Xmax.
Perhaps the most evident change is in the lights. The Nmax features new LED head- and taillamps. The headlamps integrate new daytime running lamps (DRL) underlining their outline.
The new lighting systems also come with new features. First of all, there’s a new high beam flasher switch integrated into the left handlebar. There’s also a new hazard lamp switch with turns on both turn signals. These are features formerly exclusive to larger motorcycles that will now be standard on the Nmax.
Powering the bike is a 155cc Blue Core 4-stroke water-cooled SOHC single cylinder engine now with Variable Valve Actuation. This allows for a broader powerband, giving the rider more useful torque across the range. The Nmax produces 15.4 PS at 8,000 rpm and 13.9 Nm at 6,500 rpm, figures very similar to its predecessor.
Yamaha hopes to further improve efficiency with the addition of a Stop & Start System. This system is designed to automatically turn off the engine when idling or at a stoplight to further save fuel. It will start back up again with a simple twist of the throttle. A key component of this is the Smart Motor Generator which claims smoother motor operation. Of course, this system can be turned off if desired.
Bringing power to the rear wheel will be a centrifugal clutch system and automatic transmission. Like before, it will have a disc brake in front and behind, both governed by ABS. A new addition is traction control that will apply the brake whenever wheelspin is detected.
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.
As for the rider, he will benefit from improvements like a new multifunction instrument panel. It will display all the usual details like fuel and a new temperature readout, digital speedometer, and trip info with two trip computers and realtime and average fuel consumption. There will also be indicators for when the key is not detected nearby, when VVA is in use, and the battery level of the connected phone.
Yes, that means that the new Nmax will also benefit from the new keyless system. This allows riders to keep their keys in their pockets and simply twist the ignition knob to start or open compartments.
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.
Finally, the bike 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, recommendend 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.
The 2020 Nmax is offered in two variants: the top of the line model with ABS and Traction Control; and the Non-ABS variant. Naturally, the phone connectivity suite will only be available in the ABS version.
For now, the 2020 Nmax is only available in Indonesia, though it’s very likely Yamaha Philippines could begin to offer it next year.
We’ll keep you posted.