Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

By Dennis James
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The all-new 2018 Honda Amaze was launched at Rs 5.59 lakh ex-showroom (India). The car was first unveiled by the Japanese manufacturer at Auto Expo 2018. The new Honda Amaze features a new exterior design inspired by its larger sibling the Honda City and gets new interiors and a CVT gearbox. Honda is expected to launch the new Amaze in the Indian market in the next two months and we expect a very marginal hike in prices, to help the new car compete with the Maruti Dzire.

So can the all-new Honda Amaze take on the might of the might of the Maruti Dzire with its redesigned looks and new CVT gearbox? Here is DriveSpark's first impression from the show floor at Auto Expo 2018 about the new Honda Amaze.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

Honda Amaze Design & Features

The Honda Amaze has undergone a wholesale redesign with regards to its exterior. While the old Amaze looked like a hatchback with a boot pasted on its backside, the new one design is inspired by its bigger sibling, the Honda City. In fact, you wouldn't be too far off if you stated that the new Amaze looked like a mini City especially if you look at it from the front.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

Speaking about the front end, the angled headlamps flank the grille which features twin chrome strips and the Honda badge at the centre. The bumper enhances the pointed look of the front end and hosts the fog lamps on either end.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

The major design elements on the side include the new 15-inch alloy wheels and a character line that connects the headlamps and tail lights. The rear end of the new Honda Amaze is dominated by the C-shaped tail lamps that are connected by a thick strip of chrome that run across the boot.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

The interiors of the all-new Amaze have also changed and once again, the City is the car that has inspired the new look. The new Amaze borrows the City's steering wheel while the centre console is dominated by the new tablet-like infotainment display and new buttons for the climate control setup. The interior itself looks larger than before as well.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

In terms of safety, the new Honda Amaze gets multiple airbags along with anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) as well as electronic stability program (ESP).

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

New Honda Amaze Specs & Performance

The new second-generation Honda Amaze keeps the engine options found on its predecessor in the form of the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 87bhp @6,000rpm and 109Nm of torque @ 4,500rpm while the 1.5-litre diesel cranks out 98bhp and 200Nm of torque.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

However, the biggest change comes in the gearbox options on offer. While the new Amaze retains the 5-speed manual gearbox from the car that preceded it, Honda is also offering its compact sedan with a CVT automatic gearbox in both petrol and diesel guise to combat the new Dzire's AMT offerings.

The new CVT will come as a welcome relief for owners looking to avoid the pain of shifting through the gears constantly in rush hour traffic and other holdups that seem to plague our nation's roads.

Honda Amaze First Look Review — A True-Blue Rival For The Dzire

DriveSpark's First Impressions Of The New Honda Amaze

The all-new second-generation Honda Amaze irons out all the major flaws that the first-gen car was plagued especially in terms of design. The mini-City looks and the new CVT automatic gearbox option should help the new Amaze compete better with the all-conquering Dzire in the ongoing battle to win the hearts of first-time sedan owners.

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