are heating up in the compact sedan segment, and it’s not because of the onset
of summer but much rather due to the anticipation surrounding the launch of
Honda’s latest contender-- the all new Amaze. Set to take on the unyielding
Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda has packed a lot into the new Amaze. Is it more
Amazing than its predecessor? We take a look.
Petrol – 1.2L i-VTEC,
Diesel – 1.5L
i-DTEC, 4 cylinder
88.7hp @ 6000 rpm
3600 rpm (MT)
78.9hp @ 3600rpm (CVT)
110Nm@ 4800 rpm
200Nm @ 1500-3500rpm
160Nm @ 1500-3500rpm
5-speed manual / CVT
Torsion bar, coil
Exterior Design and Features of the
new 2018 Honda Amaze
first glance, the new Amaze does looks a bit quirky, I will admit it does take
some getting used to the unusual design scheme. On closer inspection, however,
one can easily point out the origins of its design from a variety of elder
siblings. For instance, the front and side profiles are distinctly Honda and
draw strong character lines just like the City while the tail lamps in the rear
are quite like the units on the new Honda Civic, which will soon be making its
way to Indian roads.
Amaze has a tough and boxy look to it. The nose is flat and bold with a fat
slab of chrome bearing the Honda logo in the front. The LED DRLs in the
headlamp cluster look rather simple but fit in well with the straight line
philosophy of this sedan. The shoulder line runs seamlessly out from the
headlamps and into the tail and paired
with the pronounced wheel arches, the Honda Amaze looks the stunner.
will also be offering the new Amaze with 15” alloys on the higher trims. The
new alloy design does add a touch of sophistication to this dapper looking
sedan. A few subtle additions on the exterior front are shark fin antenna,
keyless entry and a touch sensor to lock and unlock the doors. The new Amaze
also features parking sensors and a reverse parking camera. Honda has upgraded
the ORVMs as well which look more premium now and feature LED strip turn
indicators. The new Amaze has been built on a brand new platform. This has also
resulted in a marginally longer wheelbase which now stands at 2470mm. The new
Amaze is also wider with the front tread going up by 17mm and the rear tread
being increased by 25mm.
Interior Design and Features of the
new 2018 Honda Amaze
has made some major improvements to the cabin of the new Amaze. The sedan now
looks a lot more premium on the inside. The black and beige colour scheme does
add a touch of class to a very modish design scheme on the inside. The dash,
centre console and steering all look quite contemporary. Honda has improved the
quality of materials used in the cabin. However, there is still scope for
improvement in this regard.
seating inside this quite cozy and adequate bolstering keeps the driver and
co-driver well ensconced on the front seats. Since the new Amaze has a longer
wheelbase, there is more room in the cabin and this is quite evident for rear
seat occupants but one could still do with a little more headroom. Honda has
also added adjustable head restraints on the new Amaze, a much welcomed
addition. The floor on the new Amaze is rather flat with the transmission
tunnel not intruding too much into the cabin space. Seating four adults in the
cabin is quite easy, but five would make things a little cramped.
terms of technology, Honda has added quite a few things to the feature list.
These include a touch screen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
and Mirror Link. The list also gets electrically adjustable and retractable
ORVMs, keyless entry, push button start/ stop, cruise control, steering mounted
controls, height adjustable driver seat, turn indicators on ORVMs and
hands-free telephone controls. One can also plug in to two separate USB slots
in the front and Honda is offering an additional 12V power socket. Another
mention must also be made to the increase in compressor size for the
air-conditioning unit. This has resulted in faster cooling time.
Engine and Performance of the new
2018 Honda Amaze
continues to offer the Amaze with two engine options, the 1.2L i-VTEC and the
1.5L i-DTEC diesel. The petrol motor belts out 88.7hp at 6000rpm and 110Nm of
torque. This motor comes mated to a CVT as well as a 5-speed manual
transmission. The i-VTEC engine from Honda has always been a delight to drive
for any ardent petrolhead and that continues to be the case. The CVT gets 7
distinguishable steps and also comes with paddle shifters. Honda has made
improvements to the clutch and gearbox, both of which seem to be lighter and
is also offering their 1.5L diesel engine with a CVT transmission….. yes let
that just sink in for a second. The diesel i-DTEC engine has been mated to the
CVT transmission and in my opinion they have done a fabulous job with the gear
ratios and the tuning. The 1.5L diesel churns out about 98.6hp at 3600rpm and
200Nm of torque. These figures are for the variant that comes mated to the
5-speed manual transmission. The one mated to the CVT have downscaled power and
torque figures. The compromise is basically a tradeoff for a subtle and refined
sampled all four powertrain options. The diesel i-DTEC mated to the CVT seemed
like the most fun to drive and actually one of the most refined offerings in
this segment. This is barring the fact that it may not come with a top spec
trim option. The diesel mated to the manual transmission is rather punchy to
drive while the petrol i-VTEC continues its high revving nature and linear
progression. Out of all four options, the Diesel manual continues to be the
most efficient of the lot returning nearly 27.4kms to a litre of fuel. The
Diesel mated to the CVT returns around 23.8kmpl while the petrol manual and the
petrol CVT return 19.5kmpl and 19.0kmpl respectively.
has also improved NVH levels and this is quite evident when you drive their diesel
powered sedans. Another improvement comes in the form of better handling and
ride comfort, Honda has generously utilised urethane in replacement with natural
rubber and has also increased the shaft size. The results are a slightly
stiffer ride with more shock absorbing capacity. The damper angle has also been
increased, contributing to more stability and ride comfort. We drove the new
Amaze over some broken and patchy roads and were quite comfy in the cabin. Even
ground clearance goes up from 165mm to 170mm.
Honda seems to have done their due diligence
with the 2nd Gen Amaze. Safety has not been compromised and features
like driver and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD come as standard fitment.
Another factor that comes into play here is the three years unlimited kilometres
warranty which can be extended to 4 and 5 years as well. The overall package does
look quite attractive and if they get the price right, the company may just
have a hot seller on their hands.
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