Honda Amaze Facelift Test Drive & Overview

Honda Amaze,Overview

SUVs might be driving the growth in India, but the year 2018 is all about sedans. Honda Cars India kick-started the year 2018 by showcasing the all-new Honda Amaze, new Honda Civic and the new Honda CR-V SUV. Honda Cars India is now looking to regain the lost market share in India and taking charge is the all-new 2018 Honda Amaze. Ever since its launch in 2013, Honda Amaze has been a popular model for the company and was the first Honda car to get the diesel i-DTEC unit. Honda Amaze has now gotten better and the new design on the Amaze completely enhances its overall personality and gives a much more muscular and premium looks. The second generation Honda Amaze will remind of your trustworthy friend from your high school who was all slim and dull looking but all of sudden after college has undergone a complete transformation, has hit the gym hard, build some strong muscles and is now the popular one among your friend circles. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Amaze,Look

Speaking about the exterior, the 2018 Honda Amaze comes with a completely redesigned appearance compared to the old model. It gets a flat and muscular looking front fascia with sharp headlamps featuring integrated LED positioning lights. There is a thick and wide chrome bar and bold bumper with black housing boasting the fog lamps.

At the side profile too, the boxy look of the front fascia is visible and it comes with sporty alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, large glass area, LED turn indicator integrated ORVMs. Moving to the back, the taillights get a C shaped look inspired from the tenth generation Honda Civic sedan. A muscular bumper is also there, while the boot-lid gets a slightly protruding lip spoiler like part.

Honda Amaze,Comfort

The cabin of the previous model was really unsatisfying until the facelift version came to the fore. But this second generation model takes a leaf out of the predecessor’s design book to create its own unique elements. The dual-tone dashboard is a big jump forward with nice texture given to the plastics to make it look premium. Certain elements such as climate control knobs, steering control and buttons are beautifully finished.The cleaner looking instrument cluster with two dials and one MID in the centre will be appreciated by the new buyers. The biggest improvement can be seen in the front seats which are adorned in highly quality fabrics and gets adjustable neck restraints. The revised seats are well contoured providing excellent support.

The center of attraction at the dashboard is the new Digipad infotainment system. It is smooth to operate and powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system also have inbuilt maps which gives pretty nice user experience. Below the climate control panel, you get access to charging point as well USB inputs. The car is nothing short of offering storage spaces with large sized pocket at each door, glovebox and center armrest at the rear with two cup holders.The boot volume has been increased substantially by 20 liters which now totals to 420 liters, largest in its class. Other comfort features in the car include multi-functional steering wheel with audio and cruise control, engine start/stop button, paddle shifter, smart entry, automatic climate control and rear parking camera.

Honda Amaze,Gearbox

The engine line-up remains the same. Honda is offering 1.2L 4-cylinder petrol engine which makes out 90PS and 110Nm of max torque. The diesel one is the 1.5L motor that pumps out 100PS and 200Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered in 5-speed manual and CVT transmission option. But the petrol one also gets paddle shifter with the automatic variant.The Honda has tweaked the mechanicals to remove noise and harshness in the engines. The petrol engine feels smoother and quieter now. The gusto of the diesel engine in the city is really appreciable which comes from quick response by tapping the accelerator.

Honda Amaze with the diesel manual version and later also drove about 70-75 kms of the diesel CVT variant. The CVT gearbox on the diesel Honda Amaze is probably the most exciting addition to the new car. While on paper the CVT’s (diesel) further underpowered and even not at par when compared to its petrol counterpart, it still has a nice fun element and is extremely smooth. The maximum torque is available at about 1500-3500 rpm and from there it is a smooth drive. The increase in wheelbase and width makes the new Amaze more planted and very stable. The handling of the diesel Amaze is a bit heavy but that adds to the overall stability. The NVH levels have been further improved upon the older generation Amaze but the noise the noise still persists, more on the CVT variant.

The kerb weight of both petrol and diesel Honda Amaze has been reduced and this has further improved the performance of the car. The diesel manual version of the 1.5L engine on the all-new Honda Amaze lives up to the reputation of a smooth and fun car to drive. The company now claims a mileage of 27.4 kmpl on the diesel manual variants and about 23.8 kmpl on the diesel CVT.

Honda Amaze,Rideing

In terms of performance and handling capacity, the new Amaze comes impressive compared to the old model. Honda has refined the handling of this car compared to the predecessor, while performance too has been improved.What amazes the driver in the new Amaze is the fantastic ride quality. The new platform has allowed intense recalibration of the suspension system. As a result, the bad roads and undulation are hardly noticeable. While the suspension setup helps glide over poor surfaces with ease, on highways, it feels more poised and cocooned.

Honda Amaze,Safety

The new Honda Amaze gets several safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, child seat anchor points and seatbelt warning. The structure itself is capable of absorbing impact offering better protection to the occupants.The brakes of the compact sedan come with a nice bite force. Further, the inclusion of ABS with EBD as standard fitment gives it more strength on the roads. Honda Amaze also gets dual airbags and ISOFIX rear child seat mounts as standard across the range. Other safety aspects in the car include engine immobilizer, rear parking sensors and impact mitigating headrests.

Honda Amaze,Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,50,248/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Amaze price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Amaze,Bottomline

2018 Honda Amaze is certainly going to attract both new and existing customers and if priced aggressively, Honda will certainly see an instant increase in its sales. The new Amaze has certainly improved upon design, performance, space, comfort and overall driveability. Honda Amaze is certainly one of the most planted and stable car in this segment. The prices of the new 2018 Honda Amaze will be disclosed on 16th May and the company is quite happy with the response it is receiving from the customers. We expect the company to price the new Amaze at about Rs 40,000-50,000 more than the outgoing model. Aggressive pricing will see Amaze recreating its magic in the sub-compact space.

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