2018 Yamaha Fascino gets updated front grille, new ‘F’ stickering and revised body graphics; powertrain remains the same
Yamaha launched the Fascino for the first time in the Indian market back in May 2015 and it quickly became the brand’s bestselling scooter. Targeted at fashionable young customers, the Fascino received a minor update last year with the inclusion of mandatory AHO feature and the engine becoming BS-IV compliant.
The changes were accompanied by subtle exterior updates like the blackened front apron and the front forks, alloy wheels as well as grab rails painted in black. Capitalising on its popularity, Yamaha introduced four new dual-tone colour schemes and mildly revised graphics of the 113 cc scooter to complement its modern-retro styling last year.
Rivaling mainly against the newly launched Honda Activa 5G, TVS Jupiter and Hero Maestro, the Yamaha Fascino has kept its fair share in the market thus far but in order to go one better it certainly needed bigger updates. Yamaha took to the stage at the 2018 Auto Expo with an updated range of Fascino.
The 2018 Yamaha Fascino features revised body graphics that are more fluid and attractive. However, the most prominent change is the chrome plate up front, positioned above the slats, becoming sharper than before. It houses the signature Yamaha badge like the outgoing model. On the front apron, there is addition of ‘F’ sticker signifying the Fascino nameplate while the seat is new with beige and brown dual-tone theme. The overall design is accentuated by the newly shaped white grab rail which has been raised for better sport appearance.
The updated Fascino is launched for Rs. 54,593 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). No changes in the powertrain have been implemented as the Fascino continues to use the same 113 cc single-cylinder engine. The Blue Core technology is said to improve combustion and cooling efficiency while reducing power loss.
Mated to a CVT transmission, the engine is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 7 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 8.1 Nm of peak torque delivered at 5,000 rpm. The seven colour options in which the 2018 Yamaha Fascino is made available are Glamorous Gold, Dapper Blue, Beaming Blue, Dazzling Grey, Sizzling Cyan, Spotlight White and Sassy Cyan.
The updated Fascino sits on an underbone frame and uses telescopic front fork and a single rear shock absorber for suspension duties. With underseat storage capacity of 21 litres and 103 kg kerb weight, the scooter’s 10-inch alloy wheels are fitted with 90-section tubeless tyres and for braking drum units are used on both ends.