Honda is all set to give the recently launched Amaze compact sedan more firepower. The Amaze has turned out to be a best seller for Honda, and is now India’s second best selling compact sedan after the Maruti Dzire. The all-new, 2nd generation Honda Amaze is also the only compact sedan in India to offer a diesel-CVT automatic option. Enthused by the demand for the diesel automatic variant, Honda will soon launch this variant in a top end trim. This will allow the Amaze Diesel Automatic to take on the Maruti Dzire Diesel AMT’s top-end trims. The top-end Amaze Diesel CVT will feature the VX nomenclature, and a bunch of new features.
Notable feature additions on the new variant could include a 17.7-cm touchscreen entertainment system, navigation, rear parking camera, smartphone connectivity options, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, voice commands, steering-mounted voice controls and cruise control. These features are likely to make the Amaze CVT Diesel a very well-rounded car, rivaling many C-Segment sedans. Of course, there will be a price increase thanks to the additional features on offer. We expect the Amaze CVT VX Diesel to sell for about Rs. 9.5 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, which is a Rs. 40,000 price increase over the V variant.
Mechanically, the new top-end variant of the Amaze Diesel Automatic will be unchanged. It’ll use the 1.5-litre i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine that’s tuned to output 80 Bhp-160 Nm. The CVT automatic gearbox with paddle shifters for 7-stepped shifts will be standard. The car will take on the Maruti Dzire Diesel AMT ZDi, which features a 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine making 74 Bhp-190 Nm. The Maruti Dzire uses an AMT, which is a lot less refined than the CVT option on the Honda Amaze Diesel. Honda will be banking on this factor to drive more sales as customers spending a million rupees on a car usually expect high levels of refinement.