The Japanese car maker Honda has been in India since long but its presence was only in the petrol car segment. Based on the popular Brio hatchback, Honda launched its first diesel car, Amaze, in India on 11th April’13. Even before the car was launched it got 4500 bookings in advance thus clearly reflecting its popularity. In the market the main competitor of Honda Amaze is the Maruti DZire.
Honda has always been on the receiving end when it comes to the growing popularity. Its car, Amaze, has been one the most awaited cars of the year as with its launch the latest i-DTEC engine is also making its debut.
Honda Amaze is available in two engine options: the petrol variant and the diesel variant. Petrol variant comes with 1.2 L i-VTEC engine while the diesel version comes with 1.5 L i-DTEC engine. Both the petrol and diesel variants are coupled with 5-speed manual transmission while the automatic transmission is available in petrol variant only and has 5 speed gearbox. The petrol engine delivers maximum power of 86.7 BHP @6000 rpm and torque of 109 NM @4500 rpm while the diesel engine is can deliver maximum power of 98.6 BHP @3600 rpm and maximum torque of 200 NM @1750 rpm. In terms of fuel efficiency, the petrol version of the car can yield deliver around 18 kmpl for the manual transmission versions and 15.5 kmpl for the automatic transmission versions while the diesel engine with manual transmission variants promises to deliver an excellent mileage of 25.8 kmpl.
The Amaze is based on Brio but is a slightly longer, wider and a bit taller than that. The length of Amaze is a sub-four-meter sedan that qualifies it to avail excise sops for small cars and make it available at an affordable price for the consumers. From the front, Amaze has a new twin layered chrome grille, pointed headlights and bumpers that have got sharp creases that make the car appear longer then it really is. The shoulder lines and the wheel arches on the sideways, enhance the sportiness of Amaze. In the rear, the car is completely different from Brio and features tail lights and a broad rear bumper. The chrome plate on its trunk gives an impressive look to the car. Besides, it has a massive boot space for capacity of 400 L.
Enter inside the car and the first thing you will notice is the familiar look that has been taken from the Brio. It has the same dual tone black and beige interiors. The plastic quality doesn’t looks to be that appealing. The dashboard has a small central console with circular AC vents on either side, an integrated glove box that can be used to keep your essential things and an audio system with USB and AUX-in for entertainment. It has an adjustable steering wheel that that can be tilted as per the driver’s convenience and also has mounted audio controls on it.
The Honda Amaze has a seating capacity of 5 people and is quite spacious and comfortable. The rear seat also has an armrest and a cup holder. The only interior difference between Amaze and Brio is the Tachometer that is marked till 5000 rpm only.
In terms of safety and smooth driving, Honda Amaze comes with McPherson Strut suspension in the front and torsion beam suspension in the rear which lets it drive smoothly. The car is well equipped with ABS, EBD, engine immobilizer, fog lamps, central lock and keyless entry. The SRS airbags are available only in the higher VX variant.
Overall, the car is certainly going to rock in the price segment in which it has been launched. Way to go Honda Amaze!!