Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car giant, recently announced that it plans to hike prices of all its cars and SUVs. The upcoming price hike will even cover the recently launched new Honda Amaze. The price hike will be in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 35,000 and will come in effect on 1st August 2018. All Honda cars, including popular models like the City and the WR-V, will become significantly pricier.
Honda Cars India has blamed the hike in customs duty over the past few months and higher freight rates for this increase in price. Rajesh Goel, Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India, also said that “the introductory price of the recently launched All-New Amaze will also be revised from August 2018.” It’s noteworthy here that the new Honda Amaze, which is currently the highest-selling Honda car in India, was launched in May 2018 at an introductory starting price of Rs 5.59 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol variants and Rs 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom) for the diesel versions. While the prices of the entry-level variants are likely to see an increment of Rs 12,000 – 15,000, the top-end trims could cost up to Rs 25,000 more.
The new Honda Amaze is on sale with two engines and two transmissions. Both the petrol and diesel motors can be bought with either a manual transmission or a CVT automatic. Also, the new-gen Amaze is the first-ever CVT-equipped diesel sedan in the mainstream car market of India. Going by the company figures, there’s a 64-36 split in sales of petrol and diesel variants of the Amaze. The split between manual and automatic variants stands at 74-26.
The petrol engine of the new Amaze displaces 1.2-litres and offers a max. power of 90 PS along with a peak torque of 110 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a CVT automatic as optional. On the other hand, the manual transmission-equipped Amaze is powered by a 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs 100 PS and 200 Nm. With the automatic transmission, this engine offers a maximum power of 80 PS along with a peak torque of 160 Nm.