Honda Amaze 2018 India launch live updates: Everything on Honda’s new Maruti Suzuki Dzire rival!

Honda Cars India will launch the all-new Amaze in India today, we bring you all the updates live from the launch venue, watch this space for unique features, specs and expected prices for Honda's new Maruti Suzuki Dzire rival.

By: | Updated: May 16, 2018 3:13 PM

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Honda Amaze 2018 India launched at Rs 5.99 lakh in India: The Honda Amaze 2018 has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 5.99 lakh for the base petrol variant. Base diesel prices have been locked in at 6.99 lakh ex-showroom. Honda cars  India opening bookings for the new Amaze early in April 2018, the prices that have been announced today will be only applicable for the first 20,000 customers as an introductory offer. Although final prices may not be much higher than the introductory price. In terms of design and features and platform, the Honda Amaze is an all-new car. Designed in Thailand the Amaze showcases the same updated design philosophy as on the new Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. Overall the Amaze has gotten more angular changing the Brio based design ethos, headlamps have been made industry-par with LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) are new and the thick chrome grille adding to that matured look. The Amaze will go on sale with both a 1.2-litre petrol engine, as well as a 1.5-litre diesel i-DTEC unit. The Amaze was the first to get the i-DTEC motor, and will also be the first Honda car with a diesel engine and a CVT!

1:30 pm: The new 2018 Honda Amaze has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 5.99 lakh. The new Amaze will be available in a total of six variants and the introductory price tag can only be availed by the first 20,000 customers who book their 2018 Amaze. Variant wise prices are as follows:

All-New Honda Amaze prices * (Ex-Showroom, India)

Honda Amaze Variants

Petrol Price*

Diesel Price*

Honda Amaze E MT Rs 5.59 lakh Rs 6.69 lakh
Honda Amaze S MT Rs 6.49 lakh Rs 7.59 lakh
Honda Amaze V MT Rs 7.09 lakh Rs 8.19 lakh
Honda Amaze VX MT Rs 7.57 lakh Rs 8.67 lakh
Honda Amaze S CVT Rs 7.39 lakh Rs 8.39 lakh
Honda Amaze V CVT Rs 7.99 lakh 8.99 lakh

*Introductory Prices

1:20 pm: While Honda Amaze is now more premium than before, the Japanese brand is looking to strengthen its position further in the premium car segment in India. The company has said it will launch the new Honda CR-V and Honda Civic in the country in the coming months.

Read full details here: 2018 Honda Amaze India prices start at Rs 5.59 lakh: How it compares variant-wise with competition

1:10 pm: The Honda Amaze 2018 has been launched with an introductory price of Rs 5.59 lakh in India, however, these prices are applicable for the first 20,000 customers of the new Amaze. The range-topping Petrol V CVT has been launched at Rs 7.99 lakhs, while the range-topping diesel will touch nine lakh at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.99 lakh.

1:07 pm: Honda claims that the Annual Maintenance cost of the Amaze is likely to be 10% lower than the industry standard.

1:05 pm:  Safety features on 2018 Honda Amaze have been revealed live from the launch, included is the new ACE body platform. Together there will be a total of 20 absolutely new features on the Honda Amaze. In terms of safety fitments they include:

- Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure

- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD
- 3-point ELR seat belt
- ISO-FIX Child Seat
- Rear parking sensors/camera

1:00 pm: Thanks to the addition of the new platform Honda have managed to bring the weight of the new Honda Amaze down significantly, with the petrol variants coming down by 17kgs, the diesel variants are now lighter by 25 kilos. Honda Amaze will be offered in 4 grades in both petrol and diesel variants. E, S, V and VX.CVT available only on S and V variants.Petrol CVT with paddle shifters available only on the V variant. 3 years/unlimited kilometres warranty as standard. An Extended warranty for two years/unlimited kilometres will also be on offer.

12:55 pm: 'The all-new Amaze has been developed keeping the needs and aspirations of Indian customers in mind. It is a big promise from Honda and we are confident that the 2018 Honda Amaze will become one of the strongest pillars of HCIL business. This model will create new excitement in the segment and will provide us with an opportunity to expand our business across market' says Gaku Nakanishi President and CEO of Honda Cars India.

12:48 pm:  Gaku Nakanishi President and CEO, confirmed India is Honda's top market in Asia. It contributes to 23% of Honda's total sales in Asia Oceania region. "We are very confident that the All New Honda Amaze will deliver the success of Honda City in India" he further added. Ever since its launch over 2.57 lakh, Honda Amaze sedans has been sold in India.

The company will launch its new Honda CR-V and Honda Civic in India in the coming months and is looking to strengthen its position further in the premium space.

12:45 pm: Honda has been working on a more rigid platform for the Amaze which is a lot stronger and Honda claims that in the event of a crash, the chassis takes a lot of the impact away from the cabin. In terms of safety features, the Honda Amaze gets dual airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and a rear parking camera. Although the CVT variants skip the feature as standard in favour of sensors.

12:40 pm: Honda's 2018 Amaze will be the only car in India to go on-sale with a diesel CVT gearbox. The inherent lag of a diesel motor paired with a CVTs elastic effect under the sudden speed of load changes could be a recipe for an unresponsive car. Honda has, however, tuned the engine to run the line between bland and exciting quite finely. The result is a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 23kmpl which is likely to drop to 20 kmpl in real-world conditions.

12:35 pm: Honda says they are counting on India to show consistent growth in the automobile sector. At present only 19 cars are on the roads for every 1000 people but, Honda expects this number to grow exponentially over the years to come. They hope to be involved in making the four-wheeled automobile segment stronger in India.

12:30 pm: Catch the launch event live through this video stream below, watch the prices as they come out!

12:25 pm: Honda's new 2018 Amaze will be launched at a slight premium over the out-going Amaze which was priced at Rs 5.58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2018 Honda Amaze locks its horns against the likes of Hyundai XcentMaruti Suzuki Dzire and Volkswagen Ameo in the sub-compact sedan territory

12:15 am: In terms of fuel economy, Honda claims an impressive mileage of 27.4 kmpl on the diesel manual versions of the 2018 Amaze, while, the CVT diesel is likely to flaunt economy figures to the tune of 23.8 kmpl.  2018 Honda Amaze is smooth and easy to drive, making it a friendly and easy to drive, car. Although we will have to wait for a real-world test to check the fuel economy figures.

 

12:10 pm: Speaking of engine options the new 2018 Honda Amaze will draw power from both, a petrol and a diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is tuned to make 88 bhp of power and a peak torque of 110 Nm. Alternatively, the 1.5-litre diesel engine develops 99 bhp of power along with 200Nm of torque.

12:05 pm:  The boot space on the Honda Amaze 2018 has also got a significant boost, the total boot space going up to 420 litres, which is 20 litres more than the outgoing car. According to Ronak who drove the car in Bangalore, the trunk is likely to fit a medium-sized suitcase and a golf bag with ease. There is a small button on the fifth door to open the boot however the size of the button is too small and takes time to locate it

12: 00 pm: Price wise expect the new 2018 Honda Amaze to command a premium over the outgoing model. We expect 2018 Amaze to launch at a price of about 50,000 more than the outgoing model. We have driven the all-new Amaze ahead of the launch in Bangalore, to know everything about what the new Amaze is like check out our review here.

11:50 am:  Honda's Amaze has been one of the strong volume drivers for Honda Cars India. Selling a total of more than 2.5 lakh cars since its launch. However, yearly sales have understandably slacked in the 2016-17 financial year Honda sold  33,758 units. While only 21,668 units were sold last year, as the competition heated up with a new Dzire and a new Hyundai Xcent entering the segment.

11:45 am:  Based on an all-new platform the 2018 Honda Amaze has grown in size, the length has marginally gone up by 5 mm to 3995mm, width has increased by 15mm to 1696mm and the Amaze is taller by 5mm than the outgoing Honda Amaze. The wheelbase has been increased by 65mm to 2470mm. Overall, the added size adds to the road presence of the Amaze, as well as facilitating new room on the inside. Shoulder room and leg-room are significantly improved.

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11:30 am: In terms of exterior design and styling, the new 2018 Honda Amaze gets two prominent cues, to sinewy shut lines, draw attention to the increased road presence of the Amaze. Like a prominent line runs between the grills and the headlamp cluster, makes the Honda Amaze look broader. The second line connects the roof to the bonnet makes the Amaze look sleeker. The two go well to contrast each other adding to the appeal of the Honda Amaze. Wheel size has also been increased from a 14-inch rim to a 15-inch aluminium alloy.

11:25 am: Some of the major changes on the new 2018 Honda Amaze are in the cabin, which now has a fresh styling in comparison with the outgoing version. The new car gets a seven-inch Digipad infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other updates are more subtle and work towards making the cabin seem roomier.

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