Honda Cars India has officially launched the Amaze facelift at an introductory price of Rs 5.30 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Being a sedan version of the Brio, Honda Amaze launched in 2013 and is one of the best selling cars for the Japanese brand. This is for the first time that the company is giving a major makeover to the Amaze compact sedan, though in the last 3 years Honda Amaze received different variants and special editions. The Honda Amaze facelift will be offered in four grades namely E, S, SX, VX.
Speaking of the styling updates, the Amaze facelifts’ front fascia flaunts a newly-designed chrome grille and the new front bumper is borrowed from the Mobilio MPV. Though the headlamps are still carried over from the Brio hatchback and the silhouette remains unchanged. The Amaze facelift will be introduced with new alloy wheels, a new tail-lamp cluster with a clear lens treatment and also a new redesigned bumpers.
Inside, the Honda Amaze gets an all-new dual tone dashboard borrowed from the BR-V compact SUV. Additionally, Honda Amaze facelift gets an instrument cluster that seems to have been borrowed from the Honda Jazz, new AC vents, touchscreen Audio/Video/Navigation system, advanced sleek automatic climate control, and a new piano black centre console houses an integrated music system, that can playback from USB and AUX.
Speaking of the engine lineup, as the ongoing model, the Amaze facelift would be launched in both petrol and diesel variants with the same engines. The petrol variant are powered by a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which churns out 90 PS and 110 Nm peak of torque in case of automatic and in case of manual, it produces 88 PS and 109 Nm peak of torque . While, the diesel variants derive their power from the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine that is capable to produce a top power of 100 PS and highest torque of 200 Nm. Both the engines will be connected to the traditional 5-speed manual transmission, while a new generation CVT gearbox would be available as optional with the petrol variants. Moreover, the Amaze facelift is the first car in its segment to incorporate CVT gearbox.
During the launch of the new Honda Amaze, Mr Katsushi Inoue, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “Amaze has been a very successful model since its launch 3 years ago and we have close to 2 lakh happy Amaze customers in India. We are confident that the New Amaze with bold new style, premium interiors with new age features will attract even more customers. The new Amaze has been designed keeping in view the customer feedback. We value our customers and always try to exceed their expectations.”
Further, he also added, “Vehicle safety is a top priority for us at Honda. All Honda cars sold in India have ACE body structure, which ensures structural rigidity and integrity of the body shell of the car, in case of a collision. It is very encouraging to see the growing awareness of safety equipment in the minds of the consumers and so, from the forthcoming financial year, every new Honda model, introduced in the market will come equipped with Dual SRS Airbags as standard and by April 2017, our entire model line-up will have Dual SRS airbags as standard equipment.”
As safety is top priority for the Honda Motors, the Amaze facelift features Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard across all variants, while dual airbags will be offered in the SX and VX models. The New Amaze will be available in 7 colours like New and Exclusive Bluish Titanium Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Taffeta White and Orchid White Pearl. Honda Amaze will compete with the likes of Maruti Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest, Ford Figo Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.