Honda has just opened bookings for the all-new Amaze compact sedan, a car that will take on the best-selling Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The Amaze will be launched in India during May 2018. Brochure scans of the car have leaked, and reveal many new details. For one, the car will be available with cruise control, a nifty feature that will be useful on long distance highway commutes on access controlled roads. The Amaze will offer a CVT automatic gearbox option with both the petrol and diesel engines. Paddle shifters will be offered on the top-end automatic variants. The Amaze will also get a touchscreen infotainment system that Honda calls DigiPad.
Other interesting features on the car include key less entry, start-stop button, automatic climate control, power folding wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, twin airbags and ABS as standard safety features and a shark fin radio antenna that mimics the ones found on expensive BMWs. The Amaze gets brand new styling, with the car opting for a coupe-ish look at the rear. It sure looks a lot different from the outgoing model that has a totally sedan-like stance. The new Amaze is also based on a completely new platform that will soon be offered on other entry-level Honda cars sold in developing markets.
Coming to the mechanicals, the 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine will be carried over, with its 87 Bhp-110 Nm outputs. The diesel engine will be the familiar 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged unit with an all-aluminium construction. We hope Honda has improved NVH levels on the diesel engine, a concern in the last-generation model. Better fuel efficiency is expected from both the engines, which are now tried and tested in the Indian market. The new Amaze is likely to offer more space than before. First drives of the car will be out by the end of this month, when more details on how the car feels on the road will be revealed.