The new Honda Amaze facelift was launched on 3rd March 2016, much to the expectations of the customer. Will the 'Amazing' from every angle, live up to its name? Let's take a detailed tour to find out.
New Honda Amaze 2016 Exterior & Interior Design
The front grille is much wider, but, looks sleek and elegant, and the dual chrome finish is very much obvious along with the Honda badging and is very prominent. The headlamp has been tweaked which is integrated to the front grille.
The front bumper has a larger air intake and the design is much wider and sportier around the fog lamp. The rear bumper too received changes of minor details, the highlight being the taillamp which has a new design layout. Otherwise, there is hardly any difference to the old Amaze.
The interiors of the compact sedan have gone through changes, which the company calls it as 'cockpit-inspired design', and the instrument cluster is separated, unlike its predecessor.
The MID (Multi Information Display) will help the driver monitor trip, and vehicle information, including driving range, fuel efficiency, temperature, and time.
Also, Honda has the first-in-segment Automatic Climate Control as standard from the base variant itself. The Amaze will feature dual SRS airbags as standard from the base variant onwards, this will be available across all cars of Honda from the next financial year.
New Amaze Engine Specifications & Features
The sedan is powered by 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol for both the manual and automatic variants which will be mated to 5-speed gearbox which punches out 87bhp and 89bhp for the manual and automatic respectively.
The diesel engine will be powered by 1.5 litre i-DTEC mated to a 5-speed gearbox which will punch out 99bhp of power.
Facelifted Amaze Performance & Mileage
Honda will continue with the same engine as the previous Amaze and will provide it in petrol and diesel.
Among the petrol sub-four-metre compact sedans, the new Amaze will be the first to offer the CVT (Continuously Variable Technology), in other words, this will be the only car offering the CVT in its segment. This is slightly more advanced than the conventional automatic manual transmission.
The company claims a mileage of 17.8kmpl for the petrol with the manual gearbox and 18.1kmpl for the automatic variant. The Amaze diesel variant will run for 25.8kmpl for the manual variant of the car, there is no automatic gearbox for the diesel engine.
|Variant||Price (Petrol)||Price (Diesel)|
|E (MT)||Rs. 5,29,900||Rs. 6,41,900|
|S (MT)||Rs. 5,95,400||Rs. 7,29,900|
|SX (MT)||Rs. 6,80,500||Rs. 7,82,000|
|VX (MT)||Rs. 7,19,900||Rs. 8,19,900|
|S (AT)||Rs. 7,19,900||N.A|
|VX (AT)||Rs. 8,19,900||N.A|
The Amaze is roomier and better looking compact sedan compared to the Maruti Swift Dzire, however, Maruti's versatile post sales service and competitive pricing will be a factor to consider.
Honda has priced the new Amaze at Rs. 5.29 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) for the base variant of petrol, and the diesel is priced at Rs. 6.41 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
The pricing is aggressive to challenge the market leader, Maruti Swift Dzire, which is priced Rs. 6,000 lower than the Amaze for the entry variant. This could change due to the new hike in price based on the 2016 Budget infra cess for the Dzire.
The Honda brand and the Japanese manufacturer's penchant for quality products, and fine tuning it to the Indian customers requirement will certainly help convince a buyer.