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Honda starts testing Amaze CNG; May launch with the facelift [Video]

Honda Amaze facelift

Honda’s best-selling car Amaze will get a facelifted model next month in India. While the new Amaze will come with a slew of changes including tweaks to the exterior body design, cabin design and few other changes to keep it up to date. Honda is likely to introduce a CNG-powered version of the Amaze too to take on the Dzire. Here is a video that shows Honda Amaze testing the CNG variant of the model.

With the diesel engines almost wiped out from the vehicles that cost below Rs 10 lakh and the skyrocketing price of the fuel, the new CNG-powered Amaze will definitely catch the eyes of a lot of potentials buyers. The test mule of the Honda Amaze CNG was spotted by Anubhav Chauhan.

While there are not many details available on the CNG-powered Amaze at the moment, we do know that the 1.2-litre Naturally Aspirated petrol engine will get the alternative fuel option. This will arm the Amaze to take on its arch-rival – the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Interestingly, the Dzire is the only car in the segment to offer a factory-fitted CNG option at the moment.

Third fuel option

The CNG will become the third fuel option for the Honda Amaze. Currently, the sub-4m compact sedan offers both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Amaze offers a maximum power of 90 PS and 110 Nm of peak torque. It gets both manual and automatic transmission options.

The diesel variants get powered by the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 100 PS and 200 Nm with the five-speed manual transmission. The Amaze is the only car in the segment to offer an automatic transmission with a diesel engine. The diesel-CVT combination of the Amaze generates a maximum power of 80 PS and peak torque of 160 Nm.

Honda is likely to offer the CNG fuel option only with the petrol-manual variants of the car. The Amaze will become the first Honda car to offer a factory-fitted CNG kit.

The new Amaze

Honda starts testing Amaze CNG; May launch with the facelift [Video]

Honda will launch the facelifted version of the Amaze o 17th August. The sedan will come with a few changes like new full-LED headlamps, newly designed alloy wheels, new bumpers and new shades of paint. Honda will also update the cabin of the car with new fabric and we may get to see new features with the car too. However, the exact changes remain unknown.

Several Honda dealerships have also started to accept the bookings for the upcoming Honda Amaze unofficially. The official bookings are likely to open soon. Honda is also planning to launch the City hybrid in the Indian market and may also launch an all-new SUV based on the Honda City platform by 2023.