Updates to MT15 will largely be borrowed from Yamaha R15 V4 launched last September
Yamaha MT15, one of the popular entry-level performance bikes in the country, will be updated with new features soon. This was expected because MT15 and R15 V4 are essentially the same. The difference between the bikes is mainly due to their styling and riding ergonomics.
2022 Yamaha MT15 expected updates
One of the most significant updates is a new digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth-based connectivity features. This is probably the same as that of the R15 V4. It displays a variety of information such as traction control on/off, gear position, shift time indicator, Track/Street mode, lap times, average mileage, average speed, coolant temperature, etc.
Users can pair their smartphones with the console using the Y-Connect app. Once connected, the instrument cluster screen displays information such as call alert, text and email notification, phone battery level and app connectivity status.
On the Y-Connect app, users have access to a range of information, such as fuel consumption tracking, last parking location, tour dashboard, fault reports, maintenance recommendations and trip analysis. The basic idea is to improve the overall experience, ensure proper bike care and maintenance, and potentially help users improve their riding skills.
Another major update to MT15 is USD forks up front. In its current form, the bike is offered with standard telescopic forks. Rear-coupled-type monocross suspension is the same as the current model. USD forks significantly improve driving dynamics by providing better control and handling at high speed, cornering and under braking. USD forks on R15 V4 are offered in a gold finish.
Dual-channel ABS is another feature that could be introduced for the MT-15. From now on, the bike is offered with single-channel ABS. Braking duties are performed by 282mm disc at the front and 220mm disc at the rear. The bike has 17-inch wheels on both ends, shod with 100/80 front tires and 140/70 wide rear tires.
Yamaha could introduce some style updates for MT-15, but a lot of them will be the same as the current model. The bike has a sporty, aggressive look with features such as bi-function LED headlights, darkened elements, sculpted fuel tank, rugged engine hood, chrome exhaust, uni-level seat with grab bar and raised LED taillight.
Yamaha MT15 engine
Engine will be the same as the current model, a 155cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve unit. It generates maximum power of 18.5 hp at 10,000 rpm and maximum torque of 13.9 Nm at 8,500 rpm. It is mated to a constant mesh 6-speed transmission.
Other functions such as Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) and Auxiliary and Slip Clutch (ASC) will be the same. VVA ensures that the desired power and torque is available across the entire rev range. ASC reduces driver fatigue by minimizing the force required to pull the clutch and ensuring smooth downshifts. MT15 is currently available in the range from Rs 1.47 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh. Updated 2022 MT15 may become more expensive up to Rs 10k.