Gone are the days when automatic transmissions were only limited to the premium segment and were looked upon as thirsty vehicles when it came to fuel efficiency. Therefore, the Indian automobile market is witnessing a rise in demand for automatic cars. This is the reason why Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) launched the top automatic variant, the VX CVT, of the Honda Amaze. The new trim is available in both petrol and diesel and is priced at ₹8.57 lakh and ₹9.57 lakh (ex-showroom all-India) respectively. The price difference between the V CVT and VX CVT in both petrol and diesel is ₹41,000. Previously, the Amaze automatic was available only in S and V trims, but now with the launch of the new variants, the Honda sedan now offers three CVT options — S, V and VX — along with the four manual transmission trims – E, S, V and VX — in both petrol and diesel.
The second-generation Amaze has registered sales of over 85,000 units ever since it was launched in May 2018, making it the fastest selling model for Honda in India. The Amaze has contributed to 46 per cent of total HCIL sales in FY 2018-19. According to HCIL, more than 20 per cent of the customers have opted for the automatic variants in both petrol and diesel.
The Amaze VX trim boasts of a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with an in-built navigation system along with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Apart from this, the top-of-the-line Amaze comes with an additional USB-In port, steering mounted voice control switches, a much-needed rear camera with guidelines and for additional safety, the driver’s side window gets anti-pinch technology. Even though the Amaze CVT offers a segment first paddle shifters, but this is only available on the petrol variant. Sadly, Honda hasn’t upgraded the Amaze’s headlamps to LEDs.
Now coming to the engine options, the Amaze CVT continues to be powered by an 89bhp/110Nm, 1.2litre petrol engine and 79bhp/160Nm, 1.5-litre diesel motor.