The latest sightings of the next-gen Yamaha FZ FI have emerged. The 150cc motorcycle has been caught on video along the Noida Expressway. The video reveals a host of changes – the most noticeable being the fuel-tank section that receives extensions covering most of the engine. These also give the bike a much beefier look. It’s also likely that the upcoming motorcycle might be equipped with an LED headlamp similar to the Yamaha FZ 25. The exhaust muffler and the rear-tyre hugger look different as well.
Meanwhile, the tail-lamp and turn indicators seem to be carried over from the current bike. Surprisingly, the split seat has been replaced by a single-piece seat. However, it is possible that this test mule is a base variant and the higher-spec FZ S variant might continue to be offered with split seats.
The current 149cc air-cooled unit producing 13.2hp and 12.8Nm of torque is expected to get a couple of tweaks, which will make it ready for upcoming BS-VI emission norms. This may also result in a slight change in the power figures.
While the front forks and rear monoshock appear to be carried over, even the base version of the upcoming FZ is expected to get dual discs. Given that ABS is now mandatory on new bikes above 125cc; we can expect Yamaha to offer at least a single-channel unit on the new FZ series.
The next generation FZ FI and FZ S are expected to go on sale in early 2019, and the update can’t come soon enough. The current bike has been around for quite a while and as we reported earlier, one of its direct rivals, the impressive Suzuki Gixxer, is also due for an upgrade in 2019.