While we wait to get our hands on the Yamaha NVX scooter for review, Yamaha has released the 2018 Yamaha X-Max 400 maxi-scooter in Europe, which, like the 2017 Suzuki Burgmann 400 ABS maxi-scooter recently shon in Malaysia, is designed for the urban commuter. With the X-Max, Yamaha has a scooter in almost every capacity in the “Max” range, from 125 cc right up to the half-litre class.

Carrying a 395 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC engine that is Euro 4 compliant, the X-Max 400 is claimed by Yamaha to put out 32 hp at 7,000 rpm and 36 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Fed by EFI, the X-Max 400 uses, as is the norm for scooters, a CVT transmission with belt final drive.

Rolling on a 15-inch wheel in front and 13-incher at the back end, the X-Max 400 is grabbed by twin hydraulic disc brakes, with identical 267 mm diameter discs at the front wheel and a single 267 mm disc in the rear. Fuel capacity is 13-litres, and wet weight for this Yamaha maxi-scooter is 210 kg.

ABS is standard for the X-Max 400, as it is for any motorcycle and scooter sold in Europe from the beginning of this year. An added bonus as standard fitment is the Yamaha Traction Control System (TCS), which reduces rear wheel power when wheel slip is detected.

Underneath the seat a storage compartment is provided, along with a courtesy light. Although no capacity for the storage space is provided, Yamaha says it will accommodate two full-face helmets, or an A4-sized bag. To ease rider fitting on the X-Max 400, the handlebar adjusts to two positions.

Seat height on the X-Max is set at 800 mm, and there is LED lighting front and rear, along with a two-position tool-adjusted windscreen. The Smart Key keyless ignition system on the X-Max allows for the rider to get-on-and-go, as well as locating the scooter using the remote, and accessing the under seat storage, while a parking brake makes stopping and parking on uneven surfaces easier easier.

In Europe, the 2018 YamahaX-Max 400 comes in three colour choices – Phantom Blue, Sonic Grey and Blazing Grey, while no official pricing has been released as yet. As for Malaysia, Hong Leong Yamaha will likely not bring the X-Max 400 in, although Suzuki now have the Burgmann 400, while both Kawasaki and Honda have 300 cc scooters in the range, not counting SYM and Kymco, which also include 400 cc maxi-scooters in the catalogue.