All new Honda Amaze – an overall better package of a subcompact sedan
The Honda Amaze is a very important model for Honda Cars India. The Amaze sub-4 meter sedan that first launched back in 2013 was the first model from Honda to be specifically made for India, and also the first ever Honda diesel model in India. Not only the Amaze went on to be a phenomenal hit in India, it also is the second most popular Honda car in India after the iconic City till date. However, the cut-throat competition in the Indian subcompact sedan segment ate into the demands for the Amaze, and thus, came the all new Honda Amaze.
Launched on 16th of May, the second generation Honda Amaze is an all-new car. Let’s consider, if it is a worthy buy.
Looks & Platform
The new-gen Honda Amaze is a totally new car with an all new design language and is based on a new platform. The first-gen Amaze was based on the Brio hatchback, but the new-gen Amaze is underpinned by a brand new platform, which makes it better than its predecessor. The new-gen model is also larger in terms of all dimensions than that of its predecessor. The new Amaze also boasts of the longest wheelbase in the segment, which means more comfort for the passengers. This also translates into the biggest boot area in the segment, which is significantly roomier than the all time segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire (also new-gen).
The all new Amaze has got a design that is smart and matured with a more premium appeal, but it might not be hailed by everyone. It gets a fully new front face and rear façade with no similarities with the preceding model, but has a hint of the City. The front fascia also has a retro appeal which brings to one’s mind the bygone American muscle cars.
The cabin of the second generation Honda Amaze is also fully new. Honda kept in mind how the first-gen model’s cabin was highly criticized and endowed better quality on the new model’s interior. The cabin has a premium look and feel with its beige and black color theme, a new chunky steering wheel, and modern and minimalistic looking dashboard and instrument console. The repositioned aircon vents offer better airflow, while the bigger compressor of the A.C ensures better cooling.
Priced competitively, the Honda Amaze comes with an impressive features list. Standard safety equipments include dual airbags, ABS with EBD across all variants. The top two variants come with automatic climate control, pushbutton start/stop, keyless remote, 7 inch digipad multi information display, Android Auto and Apple car play connectivity. Strangely, cruise control is offered in the top-end manual model, but not the automatic variant.;
The all new Amaze comes with the same engine choices - the 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel engines, as its predecessor. Honda didn’t even change the power and torque figures. However, the good change comes in the form of the refinement of the diesel engine. Honda has put efforts in reducing the diesel motor’s noise and vibration levels. The new Amaze also offers good ride quality.
New CVT Automatic Transmission
The most talked about addition in the new-gen Honda Amaze is the introduction of CVT unit in the car’s diesel version, as most automakers don’t offer automatic transmission on their diesel models. The Amaze diesel offer 20% less peak power and torque when paired with the CVT to ensure optimum performance and good condition of the CVT unit. The CVT is certainly much more refined and smooth than the AMT unit (that’s offered on the Dzire), and thus a very welcome addition for the dreadful traffic stricken Indian city roads.
With new looks, up-market look and feel, more spacious and better quality interior, better refined diesel version and new diesel CVT variant, the all new Honda Amaze is really a worthy car. Honda has also done a fabulous job when pricing is concerned, making the new Amaze an attractive proposition.;
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