Honda is all set to bring in the second-generation Amaze next month. It may have the same engine options to choose from, but almost everything else is new.
Honda first showcased the all-new Amaze at the Auto Expo 2018 in February this year. Before we bring you a detailed review, here’s all there’s to know about this second-generation Honda Amaze.
Let’s begin with the fact that this isn’t a facelift or a mild update to the Amaze – it’s an all-new car. From the design to the platform, almost everything is new. In fact, Honda has also taken a different approach in developing the compact sedan this time around. While the first-generation Amaze was based on the Brio hatch, this one has been crafted independently. The new Amaze is 3,995mm long and 1,695mm wide – longer and wider than the older model by 5mm and 15mm, respectively.
The 2018 Amaze is based on Honda’s new design language and looks inspired by the City and the Civic. As opposed to the older generation’s oblique design and lines, this one is flatter. The interior has been redone completely too – the new Amaze gets a newly designed dash that continues to be draped in beige and black. Other changes on the new Amaze include, a new infotainment system (updated Digipad 2.0 borrowed from City, WR-V). Like all new cars, the Amaze will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This infotainment, however, will be fitted only in the top-spec variants with the manual transmission options. Lower variants will come with a standard two-din audio system. Just like the current Amaze, this one too will go on sale in 4 variants – E, S, V, and VX.
The Amaze is based on an all-new chassis that has helped it in shedding some weight. The petrol-powered Amaze is lighter by 17kg, while the diesel weighs 23kg less. Honda has also managed to push the front and rear wheels apart, thanks to which the wheelbase has increased from 2,405mm to 2,470mm. Thanks to this new platform, the Amaze has the second largest wheelbase among all sub-4 metre sedans. This has, of course, resulted in more space inside the cabin and a marginally larger boot.
Honda has chosen to continue with the same engine options in this second-generation Amaze. The petrol Amaze sports the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder motor that pumps out 89bhp and 110Nm. The diesel, on the other hand, comes fitted with a 99bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder motor. Torque rating for the diesel stands at 200Nm. Both engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Although the diesel CVT displaces an identical 1,498cc, it makes only 79bhp and 160Nm – 20 percent less than the manual transmission variant. While the likes of the Maruti Suzuki DZire and the Tata Zest come fitted with an AMT, the Amaze is the only diesel compact sedan to have a CVT.
For buyers in this segment, fuel efficiency is an important aspect that influences buying decisions. The petrol Amaze with the manual transmission gets an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 19.5kmpl, while the CVT claims 19kmpl. Meanwhile, Honda claims that the diesel Amaze will return 27.4kmpl and 23.8kmpl for the manual and CVT variants respectively.
Honda is about to launch the new Amaze on May 16. Like before, the Amaze will continue to lock horns with the Maruti Suzuki DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest, Ford Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo. Expect the new Amaze to be launched at around Rs. 5.75 lakh for the base petrol variant and Rs. 9 lakh for the top-spec diesel.