Honda Amaze Overview
According to the source, Honda is preparing to launch the new generation Amaze in the year 2018 in India. The sources also declared that the Japanese auto manufacturer is already developing the new generation Amaze in Japan and this is not just going to be a facelift with mild cosmetic updated but they are actually planning to revamp the entire exterior as well interior of the sedan.
The Amaze is based on the Brio platform and it was launched here in 2013 and was one of the best sellers. Out of all the Amaze models sold since 2013 more than half of them were diesel variants. Recently on 3rd Match 2016 Honda launched the facelift Amaze in the Indian market which is exactly after three years after they launched the Amaze in India. The facelift Amaze is manufactured at Honda’s Greater Noida plant, there have not been huge mechanical changes under its hood but it does get some cosmetic upgrades towards the front profile.View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Honda Amaze Style
The exterior design of the 2018 Amaze divides strong opinions. Well it certainly did when we discussed it among fellow motoring journalists during the first drive event. That slab-like profile of the front-end is bold and sharp looking. While there are some elements, like the overly aggressive nose and the thick chrome bar, which may not go down well with everyone, the new Amaze does get some nice touches like the LED daytime running lights and the upsized 15-inch aluminium alloy wheels. Thanks to its short hood length and a well extended boot-lid, the Amaze fits under the crucial 4-metre length without looking disproportionate. The same certainly cannot be said for some of its rivals.
Honda Amaze Space
The second generation Amaze gets a completely new dashboard. Everything inside is new, starting from the 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster with MID display, automatic climate control buttons, design on the AC vents and a DIGIPAD 2.0 touchscreen infotainment system. The materials used inside the cabin too feel more premium. Needless to say, the dual-tone black and beige treatment on the dashboard makes the cabin feel airy and large. The steering feels good to hold and in terms of features, the new Amaze offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, cruise control, steering-mounted audio and cruise controls, push-button start, rear parking camera with sensors and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.
The front seats provide great comfort and support, the side bolstering deserves a special mention. Cabin space is much improved in terms of headroom, shoulder room, legroom and knee clearance. The rear seat is a much more comfortable place to be in. However, under-thigh support is strictly average for both the front and rear seats. Ingress and egress are comfortable too. The almost flat floor at the rear seat also makes the new Amaze a comfortable 5-seater compact sedan. The AC is pretty impressive and cools the cabin quickly. Honda has increased the capacity of the compressor to ensure quick cooling in our country’s tropical climate. Boot space is up by 20-litres and now measures 420-litres, which is best-in-class.
Honda Amaze Engine
As already mentioned earlier the facelift Amaze updates will only be cosmetic and it won’t have any mechanical; changes under its hood. Thus the soon to be launched sub-4m sedan will get its power from the 1.2 Litre i-VTEC petrol unit while the diesel variant will be powered by the much talked about i-DTEC DOHC diesel mill. Check for Honda Amaze in getreadyoregon.org
The 1.2 Litre petrol unit is actually capable of producing about 88 Ps of peak power and 109 Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to both 5 speed manual as well as automatic transmission, the engine of capable returning a claimed mileage of 18 kmpl for the 5 speed manual and 15.5 kmpl for the automatic variant. The 1.5 Litre diesel mill on the other hand is capable of producing about 100 Ps of peak power and 200 Nm of torque, this motor comes paired to a 5 speed manual transmission and promises to return about 25.8 kmpl certified by ARAI.
The 1.5-litre diesel motor produces 100 PS of power and 200 NM torque. The 5-speed manual transmission has well spaced out ratios and there is plenty of power on tap. Gearshifts are smooth and you will really have fun pushing the car as the i-DTEC doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance. But the biggest talking point is the all-new CVT gearbox. With the CVT, the diesel engine runs a lesser tune and produces 80 PS and 160 NM and on paper, you wonder, is that enough? But once you get behind the wheel it doesn’t feel underpowered at all. This has been done in the interest of smoother and more linear power delivery.
Honda Amaze Driving
All in all, this engine gearbox combination works better than the petrol CVT Amaze if you are after effortless performance and efficiencyIn the corners, the Amaze isn’t as sharp as the Ford Aspire or even the Maruti Dzire but feels balanced nonetheless and offers good body control and feedback from the steering which contribute to above average dynamics in this segment. As for the ride quality, the car absorbs most of the rough stuff with ease thanks to the well calibrated dampers. Still, expansion joints and sharp-edged inconsistencies can be felt in the cabin and at high speeds there is some amount of vertical movement especially when the car is loaded. It’s not a deal breaker though just a point worth making.
Honda Amaze Safety
In terms of safety features, the 2018 Honda Amaze continues to get dual airbags and ABS with EBD but now as standard across the range. The Japanese automaker’s after-sales service has been great and the network is wide-spread too.
Honda Amaze Cost in Hyderabad
Honda Amaze On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,44,557 to 10,35,288 for variants Amaze E MT Petrol and Amaze V CVT Diesel respectively. Honda Amaze is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Amaze variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Amaze price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Honda Amaze Conclusion
So there you have it, the new Honda Amaze. It’s bold, its aggressive looking and in many ways better than the old car. You get more features as standard, a better looking cabin and a whole lot of convenience as you get the CVT gearbox in both petrol and diesel engine options. On the other hand, what lets it down is the inconsistent cabin quality and a mediocre petrol engine. Given the wide range of engine and powertrain options, Honda is clearly aiming at the Maruti Suzuki Dzire which also gets an automatic for both petrol and diesel versions. However, the Amaze CVT could become noticeably more expensive since CVT technology comes in at a much higher cost compared to the relatively rudimentary AMT gearbox.