New Honda Amaze set for launch today: What to expect

Honda Cars India will launch the new-generation Amaze compact sedan today. The new-gen Honda Amaze will be a direct rival to the hot-selling Maruti Dzire and the upcoming Ford Aspire facelift. The first 20,000 buyers of the new Amaze will get to purchase the new car at an introductory price tag. Here’s all that you can expect from the new-generation compact sedan.

The second-gen Honda Amaze is based on an all-new, 2UA platform that will go on to underpin many more upcoming Honda cars and SUVs. Thanks to the use of this platform, the new Amaze is not only slightly wider than the earlier version but is also a tad lighter. The new Amaze gets an all-new design that makes it look like a slightly smaller Honda City, especially when you see the car’s profile from the side. Hints of the latest Honda Accord and the upcoming new-gen Civic can also be traced in the design of the new-gen sedan. On the inside, the Amaze offers an all-new design for the interior along with a handful of new features.

Powering the new Honda Amaze are the same engines that power the first-generation of this sedan. However, both the engines get an optional CVT. With this, the Honda Amaze becomes the first car in its segment to offer a CVT-equipped diesel variant. The 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol engine will produce 87 bhp and 110 Nm in the new Amaze. Like we said, it can be bought with the optional CVT. The 1.5-litre diesel engine for the Amaze offers 98.6 bhp and 200 Nm with a 5-speed manual transmission. With the CVT, the engine offers only 80 bhp and 160 Nm.

Prices of the upcoming Maruti Dzire-rival are expected to start at roughly Rs 5.5 lakh. As has been the case with all Honda cars, you can safely expect the carmaker to charge a slight premium over most of its rivals. Like we said, the first 20,000 customers will get to purchase this car at an introductory price tag. The new Honda Amaze will go on sale in four variants – E, S, V and VX. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, ISOFIX child safety seat anchor points and reverse parking sensors will be standard across all trims. Additionally, the top-end trim will offer features like a touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control and push start/stop button.

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