The all-new, 2018 Honda Amaze compact sedan has gotten off to a flying start. Honda shipped out nearly 10,000 units – 9,789 units to be precise – of the car to dealerships across the country. What this also means is that the all-new Amaze has just achieved a unique feat for a Honda. The 2018 Amaze has achieved the highest ever monthly sales for a Honda car in India. While this could be to the fact that Honda had stopped dispatching the Amaze to dealerships last month due to the impending arrival of the all-new model, sales numbers from the next couple of months will give us the true picture of where the all-new Amaze stands.
The car gets Honda’s wing design philosophy and features completely revamped looks. In fact, the 2018 Honda Amaze looks like a baby Civic, in a good way. The car gets larger and lighter, which means that there’s room for the passengers and better street presence. The coupe-like sloping rear means that the Amaze stands out from the rest of the compact sedans sold in India including the best-selling Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the popular Hyundai Xcent. Like the rest of the compact sedans sold in India, the Amaze gets petrol and turbocharged diesel engine options. As a segment-leading feature, even the diesel variants of the Amaze feature a CVT automatic gearbox.
While the petrol and turbocharged diesel engines of the all-new Amaze have been carried over from the first generation model, the diesel motor gets a detune in automatic guise. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine puts out 80 Bhp-160 Nm with the CVT automatic gearbox, while the 5-speed manual gearbox equipped variants continue to get the 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit with 87 Bhp-110 Nm, and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The automatic gearbox on the petrol is also a CVT automatic gearbox. The new Amaze gets paddle shifters on the top-spec automatic variants.