The new Honda Amaze has been doing a spectacular job for the company in India. The month of September saw 8401 units leave the factory which is a growth of 228% compared to the month of September last year. It has become the bestselling model for Honda, surpassing the City by almost double figures.
In fact, Honda has sold more than 30,000 units of the Amaze during the first three months of its launch. It is the highest sales number registered by the company during its 20 years of operations in India. Now let’s take a look at five reasons which make it such a compelling buy.
Fresh and capable alternative to the Maruti Dzire
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is, unquestionably, the best selling compact sedan in the country right now. But the new Amaze has been doing well so and the Dzire is already feeling the heat. Given the pace of its growth, it’s not far when the Amaze and Dzire begin to lock horns at the sales chart with equal numbers.
Amaze is one of the few sub-four meter sedan that’s not based on a hatch and has been built from grounds up, giving it a edge over the competition. Also, its bold in-your-face design language may divide opinions, but it definitely looks fresh and unlike anything else on the market.
Revamped, spacious interiors and class leading boot space
Looks like Honda has cracked the mantra of what the Indian customer likes/wants in their car. The Amaze, therefore comes with class leading boot space of 420 litres, which is a 42 litres more than the segment bestseller Dzire.
Talking about the interiors, the ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’ policy of Honda is reflected strongly on the inside. The dual tone interior theme along with that piano black trim finish and chunky steering wheel feel premium. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes up the centre space on the dash and supports both Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Wheelbase has gone up by 65 mm resulting in ample rear and front legroom. Safety features like ABS, EBD, dual airbags etc are standard across the range too, which maybe tells why the car is selling like hot cakes.
AT on both petrol and diesel
Automatic transmission has become a preferred choice of many due to the constant traffic situations and ease of use. Honda offers CVT option on both the petrol powered variant and the diesel powered variant. The diesel CVT variant, however, produces a bit less power when compared to the manual counterpart but the ease of driveability makes up for that easily.
Automatic transmission is a boon for people who use the car for daily commuting and that’s the reason that small hatchbacks like Celerio too are being offered with an automatic option.
Typical Honda reliability and build quality
Honda cars have built a image for being well built and top notch in quality. The new Amaze proves to be no different and carries the baton forward. Honda cars also have a good resale value and are reliable even after years of usage.
Fine engineering and great all-round durability is what we have come to expect of Honda and it rarely disappoints. The after sales service is also a good point for the company. These are all among the reasons why many people continue to be a Honda customer once they join the bandwagon.
Host of engine and transmission options to choose from
We Indians love to customize things according to our own preferences and choices. To ensure that all of its customers get what they want, Honda offers a host of engine and transmission choices at different price points.
The Amaze starts at Rs. 5.8 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 9.11 lakh (ex-showroom prices, Delhi) which is on par with the competition. Each engine option has four trim levels (E, S, V, VX). Every trim has its own features with VX being the top-of-the-line version. Honda for sure has done its homework and given out enough options to suit everyone’s need. Talking of the engines, the petrol engine is a 4 cylinder, 1.2 litre unit producing 88 Bhp of power while the diesel unit is a 1.5 litre unit giving out 98.6 Bhp with manual transmission and 80 Bhp when paired with a CVT.
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