Back in 2013, the Indian automobile industry saw the coming up of what could be a potent competitor to the popular Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. However, the Honda Amaze could not stand up to the expectation of the company. Moreover, the introduction of similar cars, like the Hyundai Xcent, made it difficult for Honda to take the Amaze to the top spot.
However, the Honda Amaze 2018 is sure to get the reputation straight. The new generation of the subcompact sedan looks promising and a complete redesign of what it was earlier. The designing is way different than what it used to be earlier and looks a lot better. The same goes for the interior setting as well.
So with the introduction of the 2018 Honda Amaze coming up in a month’s time, let’s talk about the car and the things we might not know about yet.
The second generation of the Honda Amaze is almost like a complete overhaul in terms of designing over the previous generation model. It looks different from all sides on the outside and you will seldom find any similarity with the outgoing model. Starting from the headlamps, the front grille to the bumper lower down, everything has changed. The side profile now has a sharp line passing parallel to the window skirt as opposed to the previous slanting line.
The same pattern follows at the rear as well. The C-shaped tail lights are more attractive than it was ever before.
The front dashboard on the inside of the 2018 Honda Amaze is clean. The 3-spoke steering wheel has a lot of control buttons on it. There is a big touchscreen infotainment system bang in the centre of the dashboard along with an AC vent on top of it. However, this touchscreen display and automatic climate control could be exclusive on the top end variants only. The new DigiPad system now gets an Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto connectivity. These connectivity features were initially given a miss in the Honda City 2017.
The seating layout is quite spacious. The steering is wrapped in black material whereas the seats and other corners get a black and beige colour combination.
The Honda Amaze 2018 is all set to become the only subcompact sedan in India to be getting the paddle shifter attached to the steering wheel. It is also the cheapest car to be getting the feature. Initially, only the Jazz and the CR-V were given the feature.
Honda did offer CVT gearbox previously, but only on the petrol models. However, with this generation, the company has added the CVT to the diesel trims as well, which is a great news for the people who prefer diesel over the petrol considering their frugalness.
The 2018 Honda Amaze will be getting the same engine under the hood. The 1.2-litre petrol engine would be making the same 87 bhp power along with 109 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel would be capable of producing a maximum power of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm.
It is to be seen that though the Honda Amaze is the most powerful car in the subcompact sedan space, it is not very fuel efficient, unlike most of its competitors. The petrol model offers a meagre 17 kmpl mileage as opposed to the 21 and 22 kmpl of some of its counterparts.
The Honda Amaze has always found tough competition in its segment. However, the competition that exists now is like never before. The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire is thundering the sales number right since its launch, clocking around 20,000 unit sales each month. The new Hyundai Xcent has also managed to get a good response. Plus, the newbies of the segment like the Tata Zest (occupies a huge chunk of cab fleet) and the Tata Tigor have been quite popular.
Hence, it won’t be easy for the Honda Amaze to take the automobile industry by storm right from the launch and might take some time to get a grip. That said, the new Amaze does have all the ingredients to take it to a successful position. Many people will definitely believe that the new design and added features may work wonders for the brand.