In conjunction with the Malaysian MotoGP, and graced by Valentino Rossi, Yamaha held the ASEAN launch of the 2017 Yamaha NVX, which will also be named “Aerox” for some markets. Based on the same model family as the 2016 Yamaha NMax, the NVX is not a replacement, but is instead part of a range of scooters under-pinned by Yamaha’s 155 cc Blue Core engine.

Using the same liquid-cooled, SOHC four-valve single with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) as the NMax, the engine is rated at 14.8 hp at 8,000 rpm and torque is claimed at 14.4 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Driving a CVT gearbox, the NVX features bulkier styling than the NMax, notably in the fairing.

Rolling on 14-inch wheels, the NVX cuts a very aggressive stance, helped by the faired-in turn signals and curvy profile of the bodywork. A 25-litre storage compartment is found under the seat, and there is a small glove box on the right side of the dashboard for miscellaneous items.

A key feature of the 2017 NVX is the keyless start system, which lets the rider get-on-and-go, without having to fish around in pocket for the keys. The NVX also has engine start-stop, which will cut down on emissions and noise, somewhat.

The instrument panel is an LCD affair, which displays key information on a clear, legible screen. Fuel is carried under the floorboard in a 4.5-litre tank.


First launch of the Yamaha NVX – where it will be known as the Aerox – is in Thailand and Vietnam this December, while Indonesia will see the official launch of the NVX in January 2017. This will be followed by launches in other ASEAN markets, including Malaysia.

As for pricing, Yamaha was mum on the issue, saying only that the NVX will be competitively priced to suit each market, with an estimated production of 300,000 units per year, region-wide. The 2016 Yamaha NMax is priced at RM8,812, including GST, excluding insurance and road tax.