Piaggio announced an updated MP3 lineup, giving its three-wheeled scooters a number of technological upgrades, as well as a new range-topping MP3 530 hpe Exclusive model.
The 2023 MP3 models receive a new, larger front end. The bodywork is wider and now looks a bit like a hockey goalie’s mask. The LED headlights are slimmer than the previous design, and the front turn signals are integrated into the wheel arches, which Piaggio says is a design element inspired by modern automotive trends.
A 530cc engine replaces the previous 493cc powerplant at the top of the MP3 range. Piaggio claims the new engine produces more than 44 hp, the same peak as the previous engine, but Piaggio says the larger engine provides a significant increase in torque. The Piaggio MP3 400 hpe and Piaggio MP3 400 hpe Sport return, with an updated engine to reduce noise and vibrations. The 400cc version claims an output of 35 hp and improved fuel economy over the previous engine.
A new 7-inch TFT display replaces the previous generation MP3’s dual analog dials and LCD screen. The full-color display is the hub of the MP3’s infotainment system, with smartphone integration and GPS navigation.
ABS and ASR (anti-slip regulation, a form of traction control) come standard across the range. The MP3 530 Exclusive adds three selectable engine modes (Comfort, Eco, and Sport), cruise control, plus a new reverse gear with a backup camera to make it easier to fit the three-wheeler in tight spaces. The Exclusive also features a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) that alerts the rider of objects within a 30-meter (98-foot) radius, as well as a Lane Change Decision Aid System (LCDAS) to warn against potential collisions when trying to change lanes.
Other features include a reshaped seat, reduced weight, keyless ignition, a slimmer tail and a tire-hugging license plate holder.
Piaggio is currently taking reservations in Europe. The MP3 530 hpe Exclusive is priced at 12,999 euros (US$13,970). The MP3 400 hpe comes in at 10,499 euros (US$11,280) and the Sport version at 10,999 euros (US$11,820).
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