2018 Honda Amaze launched in India at Rs 5.59 lakh; packs in a lot of changes

Honda Car India Limited has listened to customer feedback and made changes to the second-gen Amaze sedan. And what a change it has been. The Honda Amaze 2018 looks nothing like the first generation car both inside and outside. It has gone from a plain Jane to a Cinderella. There are two variants of the Honda Amaze on offer and each variant has four trims each – E, S, V and VX.  To further enhance the look of the car, Honda is offering two accessory packages – Utility and Chrome. The warranty stands at three years and unlimited kilometres. This can be extended to five years too. Read on to find out the changes and the price of Honda’s latest compact sedan. 

 

The new Honda Amaze gets a single piece grille with that huge Honda logo in the centre. The air dam is also a relatively smaller affair. The fog lamp nacelles are done in chrome and look elegant. Honda has added new 15-inch alloys for the Amaze. While the earlier car was all curvy, the new one gets a more matured look and a boxy styling.

 

 

Honda Car India has increased the wheelbase of the car to liberate more room inside the cabin. A 10mm increase in headroom and 44mm increase in shoulder room are the numbers quoted. Speaking of which, the cabin of the car now looks at par with the competition (Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Hyundai Xcent). There is a big Digipad infotainment system that uses a touchscreen, boasts Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay support and WiFi access. Push button start as well as door request sensors ensure that you never have to take out the key for starting or locking/unlocking the car. Cruise control, rear parking sensors as well as camera at the back are standard on the VX trim.  Honda is also using a fresher-looking meter console for the new Amaze. The cabin seems airy than before. Rear AC vents though still aren’t being offered. Boot space has gone up to 420 litres now, the segment best. Dual airbags as well as ABS have been made standard across the range.

 

While the chassis as well as looks have changed, Honda has retained the fuel efficient 90PS 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine as well as the 100PS 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine. However, the engines have been tuned to eke out slightly better efficiency than before. This time around, both the petrol and diesel engines get an optional CVT apart from the standard 5-speed manual. The CVT-equipped Honda Amaze diesel though makes less power at 80PS and is also less fuel efficient with an ARAI claimed mileage of 23.8kmpl. The manual diesel claims a lofty efficiency of 27.8kmpl. Honda will be offering the automatics only with the S and V trims. It is likely that at a later stage, the VX too will get an automatic option. 

 

Honda is offering the first 20,000 customers of the Amaze a special introductory pricing. If these customers, without knowing the price of the car, book it, then they are assured delivery within this month as well as a lower price than the those who book later. If the customer isn’t satisfied with the car or the price, he will be refunded his money within seven days. 

 

I believe that the old Amaze may not be discontinued and will cater to the taxi segment. 

 

 

 

 

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