Honda is set to launch the 2018 Amaze in India on 16 May 2018. Based on a new platform, the second-gen Amaze is wider and more spacious than the outgoing sedan and feels a lot more premium as well. However, it retains the same set of petrol and diesel engines as before, with both being offered with a manual transmission or a CVT.
Recently, we got to put the new Amaze through its paces and here’s what we think of it. The new Amaze features a flat face which is dominated by a thick chrome grille. The bonnet is rather flat and blunt and doesn’t slope down like the current car. The front profile seems to have been inspired by the latest generation of Honda sedans such as the Accord and Civic. At the rear, the split tail lamps enhances the width of the sedan while the stubby boot avoids coming across as an afterthought.
On the inside, the beige-black dual-tone theme, vents that sit on top of the dashboard and the new touchscreen infotainment system make the new Amaze feel more premium than the older car. The chunky steering wheel and the cleaner instrument cluster with white backlighting are quite appealing too. Other noteworthy features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, rear parking sensors and camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, alloy wheels and push start-stop ignition, height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-adjustable steering, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, keyless entry and 15-inch alloy wheels. Safety features such as ABS with EBD and dual front airbags will be offered as standard across the range.
Honda will offer the Amaze in four variants - E, S, V and VX - at launch. The latest sedan will be powered by the same set of engines as before: a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor that generates 100PS and 200Nm in manual guise and 80PS and 160Nm when mated to the CVT. Sadly, the continuous variable transmission will be available with just the S and V variants and not the top-spec VX. It must be noted that Honda is offering paddle shifters only with the petrol V variant. Let’s take a quick look at the claimed fuel efficiency figures of the new Amaze:
We expect the 2018 Honda Amaze to start from Rs 5.39 lakh and go up to Rs 9.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Amaze will rival other sub-compact sedans in its segment like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and Tata Tigor.
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