This week, Honda Cars India launched the new Amaze. The company’s second most successful car, after the City, needed a dose of premiumness, not only to justify its modest success, but also to remain relevant in the near future.
The problem with the Amaze was that, at least from the front, it looked too similar to the smaller Brio. The new Amaze sports a bolder and wider stance from the front, and now comes across as a far more premium product. The newly-designed front bumper and dual chrome front grille, coupled with classy rear combination lights, accentuate exterior styling, giving it a far more modern look.
Even the cabin looks upmarket. However, because Honda has retained the old Amaze’s steering wheel on the new dashboard—the dashboard is similar to that of the City—it sticks out. The good thing is that the all-new dual-tone cockpit-styled instrument panel—which gets silver accents—appears from a class above. As does the new 3D speedometer design with multi-information display. The soft seat fabric deserves a special mention.
The Amaze is now the first car in its class to comer with the CVT technology; it provides better drivability as compared to conventional automatics. It also boasts of a higher fuel economy than manual transmission. The 1.2-litre petrol CVT variant gives a fuel economy of 18.1kpl as per test data. The manual petrol returns 17.8kpl, while the diesel offers a mileage of 25.8kpl.
It will be offered in four grades in both petrol and diesel—E, S, SX and VX in manual transmission. Additionally, CVT transmission will be available in S and VX petrol grades. There are seven colours to choose from. The petrol model starts from Rs 5.3 lakh to Rs 8.2 lakh, while the diesel is priced Rs 6.42 lakh to Rs 8.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The company has also announced that, from the forthcoming financial year, every new Honda model introduced in the market will come equipped with dual SRS airbags as standard.