The all-new 2018 Honda Amaze is less than a month away from its launch in the Indian market. Honda has just released a brand new video that details the Maruti Dzire rival’s signature features. The compact sedan will aim to be a segment leader with interesting features such as a CVT automatic gearbox on the diesel engine and cruise control. The car will also have a digi-pad based touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry, start-stop button and a CVT automatic gearbox option for the petrol engine. It gets a brand new design as well, and debuts a new platform that Honda will eventually base other budget cars on.
The new Amaze’s petrol and diesel engines will be carried over from the current, first generation model. This means
that the petrol motor will be a 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit with 87 Bhp and 110 Nm while the diesel motor will be a 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit with 98.6 Bhp and 200 Nm.
While the petrol engine is known for superior refinement, great mileage is the forte of the diesel motor. We expect Honda to improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels of the new diesel Amaze considering the fact that the all-aluminium motor tends to get quite loud at times. The petrol engine could do with better low end performance.
Both engines will get 5-speed manual gearboxes as standard, in addition to CVT automatic options. The CVT automatic option on the diesel Amaze will be a segment first as diesel cars generally don’t feature such an option, especially in the affordable segments. Honda seems to be betting on the greater smoothness that a CVT automatic gearbox offers as a standout feature of the Amaze Diesel. The car does need it to take on the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, India’s best selling compact sedan that offers an AMT option even on the diesel trim. Honda’s CVT gearbox on the Amaze is likely to be more refined than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire’s AMT option.