A teaser image has emerged of the 2017 Yamaha FZ250, which is due to be launched in India on January 24 at an estimated price of 1.6 lakh rupees (RM10,564). Said to be based on the Brazilian-market Yamaha Fazer 250, the FZ250 is Yamaha’s first quarter-litre offering in the Indian sub-continent.

If, as reports suggest, the FZ250 is based on the Fazer 250, then the engine is likely to be a 249.45 cc single-cylinder air-cooled SOHC two-valve engine. In Brazilian spec, the thumper is rated at 20.4 hp at 8,000 rpm, with 20.5 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm.

It is speculated that the Indian-market FZ250 will have an oil cooler added to aid engine cooling, along with tweaks to the mill to add power. Power will get to the ground via a five-speed gearbox.

From the teaser, it appears that an LED headlight will be standard fitment, with LED DRLs. Styling – based on spyshots – looks to be following the current trend for naked sportsbikes, with flat, angular body panels and a minimalist rear fender, coupled with a hub-mounted mudguard.

There is little chance Yamaha Malaysia would bring in the 2017 Yamaha FZ250, considering the specification level, and unlikely demand for an air-cooled, budget level 250 cc motorcycle. Locally, the Benelli TnT25, a liquid-cooled single cylinder, retails for RM12,990, and the Kawasaki Z250SL goes for RM15,739, while the newly launched Naza N5R is on sale at RM13,888.