Driving the new Honda Amaze sedan for India
By now, if you were looking forward to the Amaze, you should have figured that it is the first diesel engine powered Honda car in India. The new Honda Amaze diesel delivers best in class power and mileage figures, so how is it like, to drive one?
Honda is renowned as being a manufacturer of reliable cars, and the Amaze, just like other Honda cars, carries the Honda DNA proudly. Honda Amaze is a sedan version of the Brio hatchback. But do not consider the Amaze as Brio with boot space of 400 liters. The Amaze sedan offers much more.
To start with, the Honda Amaze features a sedan centric two slatted chrome grille on the front. The side body is defined with the two aggressive lines, one of which goes all the back and merges into the tail-lamps. At the rear, the arrow-styled tail lamp design makes the Amaze look even wider.
Speaking about the powertrains, Honda Amaze diesel 1.5L delivers 100PS power and 200 Nm torque, at the same time it also delivers class leading mileage of 25.8 kmpl, which makes Amaze the most fuel efficient car in India. In petrol, Honda Amaze will be offered with Brio’s 1.2L i-VTEC that delivers 88 PS power and 109 Nm torque. Unlike diesel Amaze, petrol Amaze will also be offered in automatic. Amaze petrol AT delivers 15.5 kmpl while MT delivers 18 kmpl.
Honda Amaze has been designed by Honda engineers at their R&D facility in Thailand. The Amaze is designed for markets like India and utmost care has been take to meet the needs of car buyers in the segment. The first need is mileage, Amaze diesel answers that.
The next is interior space. Considering that the Amaze is a sub 4 meter sedan, you will be surprised to experience the legroom, especially in the rear seats. At the front, your knees will now be saved from constant impact with dashboard while changing gears. This is due to the smart engineering and utilization of space inside the Amaze. Honda engineers have managed to push the dashboard into the A-Pillars, leaving your knees with a lot of space.
For the driver’s seat, Honda Amaze also offers height adjustability via manual lever which is located on the side of the seat. The front seats are the same cut-cost one’s seen on the Brio. The rear seats comes with hand-rest and cup holders. It also offers extra cushioning and best in class leg-room.
Starting the Amaze is done the old-fashioned way as there is no fancy start/stop buttons around. The diesel Amaze is noisy, thanks to its all aluminum engine. Even though Honda R&D has tried to bring this noise down, it is loud enough to be noticed easily. Petrol Amaze is just how a Honda petrol should be. Shifting gears is not a problem and is attained with ease. Cornering and breaking will not disappoint you.
Honda Amaze is directed at growing middle class customers wishing to procure a fuel efficient Honda sedan. As a late entrant in the diesel engine market, Honda is launching the Amaze at a time when the market for diesel vehicles is still strong despite new policies coming to the fore. Amaze is scheduled to be launched on April 11, 2013 in India and that is when we will get to know details on price of this new sub 4 meter sedan.
Honda Amaze will sit on 14” wheels continued from the Brio which will be clad with the same 175/65R14 tyres. Power folding rear view mirrors and heat absorbing front wind screen are added features. To be seen in six exciting color options, the Amaze will be offered in Black, Silver, White, Azure Grey, Carnelian red peal and Blue. Prices are expected to range from INR 6 lakhs to INR 8.5 lakhs.