Auto Expo 2018 is just a couple of months away and manufacturers are getting ready with their concepts and production models to be showcased at the biennial event. Asia's largest motor show has been extended by an additional day this time due to the overwhelming response it has been receiving over the years. Online ticketing for Auto Expo 2018 has begun at BookMyShow and if you buy three tickets or more, they can be delivered to your doorstep for free. There will be a lot of two-wheeler unveilings at the show this time and Yamaha is one such brand, which has been giving hope to many petrolheads across the country. Auto Expo 2018 will most likely see some interesting bikes and scooters by the Japanese manufacturer starting from the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 to the retro-styled Nozza Grande. Here is the list of all such two-wheelers that are expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and some of them are highly awaited. So, without wasting any time, lets head on to the details one by one.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 has been spied in India a couple of times and the latest spy image shows the motorcycle parked at a dealer yard in India. Rumoured to be launched early next year, there is a healthy possibility that the bike will make its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed transmission system. The engine will also come with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) that has been confirmed with the stickering on the front fairing on the recently spied India-spec model. The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is expected to be priced in India at Rs 1.3 lakh (ex-showroom).
2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 facelift
The Japanese manufacturer has retired the Yamaha YZF-R3 from India with the onset of BS-IV emission norms as the motorcycle did not meet the stricter standards. The BS-IV model of the motorcycle is awaited and it is expected to be launched at Auto Expo 2018. The new 2018 Yamaha R3 has been launched already in the international markets and the bike is being offered with an optional ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) globally. Yamaha did not consider launching the R3 with the said safety equipment in India to keep the cost competitive. However, the 2018 model is expected to receive an ABS to keep up with the competition. Another reason is that ABS is getting mandatory in India for all two-wheelers having an engine displacement of 125cc and above starting April 2018. The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 will most likely be launched in India at close to Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Yamaha Nozza Grande
A test mule of the Yamaha Nozza Grande had been spotted testing in Chennai a few months back. For this reason, it is believed that the company will bring the scooter to the Auto Expo 2018. The Yamaha Nozza Grande is powered by a 125cc engine that gets a fuel injection system. The India-spec model might ditch the Fi and will employ a carburetor instead in order to keep the costs in check. The Japanese manufacturer already sells the Nozza Grande in the Vietnamese market. The scooter is designed keeping the retro theme in mind and the company might launch it at Auto Expo 2018 to give a tough competition to the Honda Grazia 125 and the well-established Suzuki Access 125.
There have been rumours since long that Yamaha will launch the MT-03 in India. The Yamaha MT-03 is the naked version of the retired Yamaha R3. The company already has a quarter-litre naked streetfighter in the form of FZ25 at its side and Yamaha is expected to showcase the MT-03 as a more powerful option than the FZ25 that will fit in the 300cc + streetfighter segment. Powering the Yamaha MT-03 is the same 321cc, parallel twin engine that powers the R3. The Yamaha MT-09, if launched in India, will most likely be priced under Rs 2.7 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is expected to be presented at Auto Expo 2018.