Launched recently at the Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia annual dinner, the 2018 Yamaha XMax 250 will be in authorised Yamaha Big Bike dealers at the end of March, as promised, and priced at RM22,498.50, including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The XMax 250 is designed to be an urban scooter, and takes styling cues from other scooters in the Max family, notably the TMax.

Carrying a 250 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled power plant with four-valves and fed by EFI, the XMax 250 gets power to the ground via an automatic transmission and belt-drive. No power figures were provided by Hong Leong Yamaha, but we would hazard a guess at something around the 27 hp mark and the engine is Euro 4 compliant.

Standard equipment on the XMax 250 is at a fairly high level, with the specifications list including two-channel ABS, and traction control. Also included is keyless start and LED lighting for the headlight and tailights.

Under the seat, a storage compartment large enough to keep two full-face helmets can be found, and inside a dashboard compartment is a 12-volt socket for charging electronic devices. Inside the cockpit is an LCD instrument panel, and the windshield and handlebars are adjustable to suit different riders.

Suspension for the XMax 250 is with telescopic forks in front and dual shock absorbers at the back, and braking is with hydraulic discs, while wheels are a 15-inch in front and 14-incher in the rear. The 2018 Yamaha XMax 250 comes in two colours – Metallic White and Rusty Bronze.