The latest generation of the Amaze compact-sedan has been a successful product for Honda. However, it has been on sale for quite some time now. It was introduced in India back in 2018. Now, the Japanese manufacturer is working on a facelift of the Amaze. According to ACI, the new model of the Amaze is expected to launch in the Indian market by 17th August.
As a part of the mid-cycle facelift, Honda would rework the front and rear bumpers. The headlamps are now expected to go all LED instead of halogens like the current Amaze. There would also be some newly designed alloy wheels.
The interior would get some updated upholstery design. There would also be some new elements and materials that we can see in the dashboard design. The lower variants are also expected to get more standard fitment. However, the biggest addition to the Amaze can be an electric sunroof which would be the first in the segment. There can also be some new exterior paint shades.
Engine and gearbox
There will be no change to the mechanicals of the Amaze. So, it will continue to be offered with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine produces 90 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 110 Nm. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine on the other hand produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 200 Nm.
Both the engines are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. You can also get a CVT automatic transmission with both engines. There are also paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel with the CVT gearbox. It is the only compact sedan that is offered with a proper automatic gearbox. As of now, other competitors offer an AMT gearbox.
Having said that when you get the diesel engine with CVT automatic transmission, the engine produces 80 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. But you don’t need to worry because the engine does not feel like it is less on power.
Honda Amaze returns a good fuel efficiency in every engine and gearbox combo. The Petrol MT returns an ARAI certified 18.6 kmpl and the Diesel MT returns 24.7 kmpl. The Petrol CVT has a fuel efficiency of 18.3 kmpl as per ARAI whereas the Diesel CVT has a fuel economy of 21 kmpl according to ARAI.
Price and competitors
Amaze starts at Rs. 6.22 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant costs Rs. 9.99 lakhs ex-showroom. Once the facelift is launched, the prices of the Amaze would increase slightly. It would compete against Hyundai Aura, Ford Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Tigor.
Honda offers a pretty decent feature list with the Amaze. You get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is a multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, push-button to start/stop the engine, multi-information display, LED Daytime Running Lamps, Cruise Control, rear parking camera with guidelines, smart entry and much more.