Honda has had one of the most impressive runs in the Indian automobile market and most of it is thanks to the innovative engineering and the striking visual appeal of its vehicles. Honda Amaze was one such perfect breed of cars that let the market reconsider its reluctance towards a compact vehicle. Launched as a sub 4 meter vehicle, the Honda Amaze had an amazing marketing to support its impressive build. The car had an impressive footprint in the market and it did help build the already increasing Honda’s growth in the country. And following the oldest of the laws of nature, Honda is going ahead and will launch facelift of the Honda Amaze this year making it one of the awaited introductions to the auto space.
The exteriors of the Honda will receive a proper workout. Although the earlier version was striking in its design statement there was a sense of aggressiveness that was missing in the machine. This major facelift however offers the exact same thing. The vehicle offers a beefy visual appeal that helps it stand out among its cousins from the Sedan clans and the mini SUVs. However, these exteriors helped it achieve what most sub 4 meter sedans only dream of doing, creating a distinct visual identity amongst the hatchbacks in the market. The new Honda Amaze also offers a sportier front bumper which, although looks a bit tacky in places but as a whole it does manage to sync in with the machine. The car’s grill design and chrome details offer the upgrades that were missing in the side profiles. The restyled tail lamps are a welcoming change to the vehicle’s rare design.
The interiors of the Honda Amaze were criticized for being boring and similar to the Brio hatchback but now all that is going to change. No facelift can be complete without a proper revamp of the interior design. And Honda has done just that. The vehicle offers AC vent upgrades that offer a better air distribution. The horizontal AC vents do go well with the piano black finish chosen in the interiors. The new Honda Amaze’s dashboard also seems to have a strange resemblance to that of the Mobilio in terms of the console placement and the skeleton of the interiors.
Although Honda claims to have done a few mechanical changes that are supposedly going to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, it is no secret that the vehicle predominantly features significant changes only on the exteriors. If a key feature has to be picked as a standalone statement, it would be the aggressive design in the exteriors. The new Honda Amaze has a choice of 5-speed manual transmission and an auto gearbox. It also comes with an automatic Climate control system. Although other tweaks do set the vehicle apart, the exteriors are what up the entire Honda Amaze game to a new level.
When it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Honda sticks to these wise words and the Honda Amaze facelift continues to have the same legacy of 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and offers a choice of a diesel version which has a 1.5 litre capacity and a i-DTEC design. While the petrol version churns out 87 bhp of power with 109Nm torque, the diesel claims to top it by offering 99 bhp power output with an impressive 200Nm torque.
Although not much has been revealed about the Honda Amaze’s mileage except an assurance that the vehicle would be offering a fuel efficient solution, we can expect a decent mileage out of this sub sedan.
Price and Competition
The new Honda Amaze is expected to be priced more than the current models priced at 5.26 lakhs for petrol and 6.24 lakhs for diesel respectively. With these add ons, the car is still expected to be priced under 6 lakhs for the petrol variant while the diesel might hit the upper bracket of 6 lakhs and might even go till 7 lakhs for the Automatic transmission model. However, till the exact prices are revealed, all these are mere probable speculations. The vehicle clearly competes with the Maruti Swift Dzire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent.