Honda Amaze compact sedan shot to immediate success when launched in April 2013. It was the first Honda car which received a diesel engine in India. This added to the initial hype, which resulted in Amaze sales overtaking the sales of Honda India’s bread and butter model – the City.
A few months down the line, Honda Cars India launched the new City with diesel engine option and once again it became Honda’s best selling car. Post new City, Honda launched Mobilio and Jazz in India.
It is during this period when Honda Cars India was busy launching cars in newer segments, the Amaze started to get new competition. This includes new Maruti DZire with AMT, Ford Figo Aspire, and Tata Zest. What it did to Amaze’ sales figures, was that from average sales of over 7,000 units during June – Nov 2013 period, it came down to 4,000 units between August 2015 to January 2016. This decline in spite of the fact that sales have been on the rise in the segment.
In order to bring a turn-around, Honda Cars India is all set to offer a refreshed Honda Amaze, which is sportier to look at, and is also more feature rich.
The leaked image shows 2016 Honda Amaze facelift gets a new front bumper with wider and meatier profile, large trapezoidal housings for fog lights, and a new chrome grille. The rear design is also expected to get a sportier bumper and extra chrome. On the inside, expect the new Amaze to feature an updated dashboard layout with a new touchscreen system.
Engine options will continue to be 1.2-liter iVTEC and 1.5-liter iDTEC. The transmission on board the petrol variant will be a 5 MT or AT while on board diesel engine, only 5 MT will be on offer.
As of now, Honda Amaze price ranges from INR 5.27 lakh to INR 8.3 lakh, ex-Delhi. Amaze facelift is expected to continue with a similar price structure.
More will be revealed once the car is launched on 3rd March. Stay tuned to Rushlane as we cover the launch LIVE.