Honda will launch the all-new, 2018 Amaze compact sedan in India on the 16th of May. India will be the first market to receive the brand new car, which is based on a new platform and competes with the likes of the Maruti Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent. The new Honda Amaze gets a boatload of changes. We round up the significant ones.
The new Amaze looks nothing like the car it replaces. The design is all new, right from the headlamps to the boot. There’s a coupe-like plunging roofline at the rear, and this should give the new Amaze a very distinct look in its segment. The car looks like a baby-Civic, in a good way.
CVT on a diesel
For the first time ever in India, a sub-10 lakh, diesel engine car has received a CVT automatic gearbox. Yes, the new Amaze is that car, and is a segment leader due to this factor. Honda has detuned the 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine, from its 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm outputs, to 80 Bhp-160 Nm in order to suit the CVT automatic gearbox better. The diesel CVT delivers nearly 24 Kmpl, making it super fuel efficient. People who want a compact sedan for the urban grind will simply love the smooth Amaze Diesel CVT.
The new platform that the Amaze is based on has given Honda designers enough leeway to make the car roomier. The 2nd generation Amaze is larger than the first-gen model. In fact, wheelbase is up by a good 65 mm, and this makes the car a lot more roomier than before. The new Amaze has just improved upon one of the older’s car’s strong suits – space. And a lot of buyers will be impressed.
Another interesting thing about the new Amaze is that it has a better air conditioner than the older model thanks to the larger compressor volume, both in the petrol and the diesel models. Considering the extreme weather most of India faces, this is another thoughtful touch that buyers will appreciate, especially in sweltering summers.