Yamaha, this week showcased a number of products which were made BS6 compliant. With the introduction of the BS6 version of the Yamaha R15, we got some idea about the expected BS6 update of the MT-15. The 2020 Yamaha MT-15 was only unveiled but the prices were not declared.
Now the BS6 update for carbureted vehicles meant that they will get Fi along with a BS6 engine. The MT 15 was already fuel injected and this meant that the vehicle got a redesigned engine and a tweaked ECU. So now this will result in a rise in the price of the vehicle and without any visual changes, it will be impossible to sell this vehicle in the Indian Market. SO for starters, there is a new colour that has been introduced on the vehicle. This is called the Ice Fluo Vermillion. This colour offers white body panels with vermillion coloured alloys. The black body panels are now silver-coloured. This colour will be added in addition to the dark matte blue and glossy black colour. The MT-15 will now get rear radial tyre as on the R15. This is a good update as it does not cost any development cost and was easily available as the same setup on the Yamaha R15. The 2020 Yamaha MT-15 will not get dual-channel ABS as it is a cost-increasing feature. Both the brakes will be disc brakes. The rear tail lamp design will also see some change. A small feature like the side stand engine kill has also been introduced which will kill the engine once the stand is engaged.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-15 is a vehicle which probably will be powered by the same engine as the R15 but now it will be BS6 compliant. The power and torque will see come change. The BS6 engine on the R15 makes 1bhp less and the torque to has dropped. Now it will make 18.3 bhp instead of 19bho a 14.1 Nm from 14.7 Nm peak torque. The engine will be the liquid-cooled engine and a single-cylinder unit. This will be paired with a 6-speed gearbox. A front suspension is still a telescopic unit and the rear gets a mono-shock at the rear.
All this has also lead to a price increase of Rs 4000 – Rs 5000. The new colour will be Rs 5000 – Rs 6000 more. The current model of the vehicle is priced at Rs 1.36 lakh. Price-wise this vehicle competes with the Duke 125. When it is compared with the Duke 125 it all comes down to the styling and personal preference. Performance-wise this bike has a bigger engine and it gives a performance of something in the 200 cc segment.