Honda has begun testing the CNG powered Amaze compact sedan in India. The CNG powered Amaze is likely to be launched here in the coming months, as a lower price alternate to the diesel powered model. The CNG powered Amaze will use the 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine, converted for CNG use. While this engine outputs 87 Bhp-110 Nm while running on petrol, slightly lower power and torque outputs are likely on CNG. The Amaze CNG will be a dual fuel car, with the driver having the option of toggling between petrol and CNG options as may be the necessity.
In the past, Honda has sold CNG powered cars in India, in the form of the 3rd generation City sedan, which received a CNG option as a dealer fitment. However, the City CNG was not caught testing on Indian roads, and the CNG fitment to the car was more of a stop gap measure by Honda as it came at the end of the car’s life cycle. As the Amaze with the CNG kit has been spotted testing in India, a factory fitted option may be in the works. The CNG tank is likely to occupy the boot of the compact sedan, intruding on the already limited space there.
In terms of pricing, the CNG kit equipped Amaze will be positioned in between the petrol and diesel models. Expect the CNG powered Amaze to start at about 5.5 lakh rupees for the base variant. Meant for those cities in India where CNG dispensing infrastructure exists, the Amaze CNG is likely to add small volumes to the car’s overall sales. The Amaze is also available with 1.2 liter petrol (87 Bhp-110 Nm) and a 1.5 liter turbo diesel (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) engines. The car is a hot seller for Honda in India, and is credited for the automaker’s comeback here.