After introducing its hatchback Brio, Honda brought out an entry level saloon model in 2013 and apparently it has done a lot of research on the Indian market before launching this sub 4 metre sedan in India.
With 6 variants in the petrol category, the Amaze also has two models that have their 1.2 litre engine mated to automatic transmission.
Let’s look into the features of Amaze S – AT, the mid segment variant with automatic gearbox:
The Japanese car maker has fabricated the Amaze nicely and as a sub 4 metre sedan its rear with wrap around tail lights does not look abruptly truncated. A short nose and couple of slash lines across the sides also add to the beauty of looks. Honda Amaze S AT has the same exterior elements as the model with manual gearbox in this segment. It is therefore equipped with body coloured - front & rear bumpers, door handles and ORVMs. There is a finish of chrome on the front grille.
This version of Amaze comes with mudguards for front and back. It wears full trim wheels that also make for some cosmetic upgrade as compared to simple steel wheels in base variants.
The look and feel of cabin for Amaze S AT is slightly superior to that of base variants’ because Honda has added some more elements in this model. Chrome surrounds the airvents in cabin and the power steering wheel carries silver garnish. This version comes with a 2 DIN integrated audio system that has AM/FM, MP3, USB & Aux-in port. There are steering mounted audio-control switches for driver’s convenience. Amaze S AT’s cabin also has an accessory socket. Centre armrests with cup holders have been provided for rear seats.
Since there is little more work on cabin design for this mid segment variant, it also has some additional comfort features. Driver’s seat height can be adjusted in here. Convenience of keyless entry has also been offered. The ORVMs can be set electronically. Couple of minor enhancements include a pocket at the back of co-driver’s seat and a vanity mirror with lid.
Other elementary features for comfort are common with the base models: E and EX MT.
Like the entry level versions of Amaze, this one also comes with essential safety features such as engine immobilizer, WAVE key, seat belt, headlights on & key-in reminders. But for a differentiating element, Amaze S AT has an anti lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) - this feature is not even offered with the manual gearbox variant (S MT). So when you pay a little extra for the automatic transmission model, along with some extra aesthetic and functional features you do get an added safety set up too.
Don’t expect much on fuel efficiency front when you buy an MT model. This 1.2 i- VTEC gives 11.5 to 15.5 km/litre. It is priced at Rs 6.73 lakhs (Ex showroom price Delhi).