Honda has commenced production of 2018 Honda Amaze at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The second generation model is expected to launch on May 16th when these cars have begun being manufactured at the company’s manufacturing unit.
Honda Amaze gets a design language similar to that of Honda City, while it is built on an all-new platform and gets few striking features to keep it distinct from the latter. Updates on the exterior include chrome embellished front grille, sweptback headlamps with daytime running lights, revised front bumper, 15-inch alloy wheels, new split tail lights, chrome strip at the rear and many more.
While the interiors feature a dual tone dash board with 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, other updates include a multi-functional steering wheel, cruise control, electrically operated outside rear view mirrors, automatic air conditioning, LED position lamps, paddle shifters (on automatic variant), engine start stop button, keyless entry and rear parking sensors with camera.
2018 Honda Amaze comes available in four variants namely E, S, V and VX. The top end model features a Digipad 2.0 infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In all this, the most important highlight on the new updated model is the CVT offering on Diesel trim. This is the first time Amaze gets a CVT variant on a Diesel engine.
This new generation mid-sized sedan is offered in two engine options- 1.2L i-VTEC petrol that makes 90bhp and 110Nm worth maximum torque and a 1.5L i-DTEC diesel that makes 100bhp and 200Nm. These two trims are paired to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. These are the same engines (except the CVT Diesel) that powered the previous generation model. However, these are heard to be fine-tuned to produce more power output this time.
Honda Cars India Limited claims fuel efficiency figures of 19.5kmpl and 19kmpl for the Petrol manual and CVT respectively. The Diesel variants claim to return mileage of 27.4kmpl and 23.8kmpl for the manual and CVT variants respectively. The company has started to accept bookings for the new Honda Amaze and has promised to grant an introductory offer price for the first 20,000 bookings in the country.
New Honda Amaze upon launch will lock horns with Maruti Dzire, , Tata Tigor, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Excent and almost all other models under the segment.