The 2016 Honda Amaze facelift which was spied a few days ago is now on sale with a starting price of INR 5.30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The refreshed compact sedan features quite a few cosmetic enhancements in addition to a new CVT gearbox for the petrol engine.
Visually, the sub-4 metre sedan’s front fascia receives a reworked grille with wider chrome insert, slightly revised headlamp and a much sportier bumper with foglights. Changes to the side are limited to new alloy wheels while the rear fascia is treated with a wider chrome strip, new taillight detailing and subtle reprofiled bumper.
The older car’s dashboard which was plucked directly from the Brio has been criticized by some but with the facelift, Honda has upped its game. Save for the steering wheel, the whole dashboard is new. Design inspiration for the new black-beige dual-tone dashboard obviously comes from the more upmarket City. The new instrument console features upmarket MID dial. Centre console of the top-end variant houses an integrated audio system and automatic climate control.
In addition to safety features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, and new automatic climate control system, the top-end variant also benefits from the Honda Connect, a 24×7 telematics service with 20 functions. The company has announced that every new Honda model introduced from FY2017-18 will have standard dual airbags across the lineup.
The 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine continues to dish out 88 PS and 109 Nm of torque. In addition to a standard 5-speed manual transmission, the motor can also be specified with a CVT now. Like in the previous model, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine produces 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque when mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol (manual) and diesel versions have ARAI certified mileage figures of 18.1 kmpl and 25.8 kmpl respectively.
The 2016 Honda Amaze facelift will be available in four-trims – E, S, SX and VX. Optional variants E (O) and S (O) with standard dual airbags will be available from May 2016.