The MQi GT was first showed at the EICMA 2019 (Read our report here) and is now available in numbers.
And indeed it looks like the model presented at the show, so no vapor-ware (Project-X or TQi anyone?)… this is what was announced:
And it is exactly what you can get now. As usual, NIU started with an intro-sale which offers a special price of 2999€ instead of 3399€ if you register early on.
Like said in our EICAMA report, this is actually are real new design – not just an update of a known frame/chassis. We would consider it to be a grown-up MQi/MQiSport with a tiny touch of NQi.
The specs are on NIUs page and all over the web, and we just list what we consider the improvements:
- “M” isn’t a synonyme for single-seater anymore
- 14″ wheels is where NIU is going… after the NQi GT they’re moving the whole range to this meaningful upgrade.
- The MQi GT has a larger wheelbase (1389 mm) than the NQi GTS (1325 mm). The GT is even shorter due to its 12″ wheels (1280 mm)
- The 4th Gen battery. Still NIU kept the form-factor shared between the MQi+ – and U-Series.
- Increased robustness in the details (static passenger-footrests, all-around bumpers as option)
In our view all these lead to the fact that everyday suitability was increased dramatically – and that’s, what a city scooter is all about…
- Longer bench for an occasional passenger
- Bigger wheels and wheelbase for a more stable and thus safer ride (plus “EBS”)
- Reduced “flimsiness” – the spring-loaded passenger footrests often broke.
- If your MQi GT is expecting a rough life, there are robust steel bumpers available to protect the chassis
Still, there’s one thing missing which makes a motor-scooter a motor-scooter since the early days of two-stroke Vespas:
All MQi models have next to no under-seat compartment (aka “the bucket”). While this is comparably small with the NQi (non GT) already and can’t cope with an non-Chinese helmet, it’s even worse with the MQi GT.
Yes, these sales brochure tells you that you can leave one of the two provided batteries at home… but that would require hindsight, planning and, well, honestly, what are you planning to transport in this:
Gloves maybe. Two packs of fries (“chips” for our beloved British readers) or a small bottle and your purse?
What’s your view on the new MQi GT? Feel free to leave a comment below…