The all new MQi GT

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…

3 thoughts on “The all new MQi GT

  1. I have had my MQi GT for a week now. I LOVE IT! (Comparing to my 2019 N Sport).

    More robust and the three driving modes are even updated! So far I have nothing negative to say other than that I miss my top box as the mounting bracket is not available yet and the changing of the turn signal sound does not seem to exist with the 2 second left 2 second right hack.

    Positives:
    1. The new configurations of the three driving modes!!! LOVE IT! E-Save now being 25km/h, Dynamic now being top speed but with a softer and more energy economical acceleration, Sport “Get Outta My Way!”

    2. The Auto low beam and the MUCH better light spread for both the low and high beam.

    3. Ride and handling with the larger wheels.

    4. Longer wheelbase and overall design with it’s “beefier” look. A real city cruiser/commuter.

    5. Love the larger and less mushy seat.

    6. The slightly larger storage area behind the batteries.

    7. Keyless system and possibility of seeing if the alarm is armed or disarmed in the App.

    8. Metal bar ends.

    9. The charger now has a removable battery cable. This now allows you to pack the charger under the seat WITH both batteries! 🤘🏼⭕️

    1. That sounds awesome – can’t wait to test-drive that baby!
      Thanks for sharing your first impressions (BTW: Any negatives yet?)

  2. The changing of the turn signal sound does not seem to exist with the 2 second left 2 second right hack.

    Answer:
    Yes it works, I changed it in the usual way.

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