The new Brio-based Amaze sedan, undeniably, is the most eagerly-awaited Honda for us lot. Not because it’s the first ever sub-4 meter sedan from Honda, but simply because of the fact that with the launch of the Amaze, Honda will have ironed out the major kink that’s holding back its current lineup – the absence of a diesel engine.
Positioned as an entry-level sedan, the Honda Amaze straddles a whole lot of segments. It will be pitted against the sub-4 meter duo – the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and the Tata Indigo CS. On the other end of the spectrum, the Amaze will be up against the Mahindra Verito and the Toyota Etios.
For a more detailed overview of the Honda Amaze, click on the links below.
Honda Amaze - Design Review
Honda Amaze - User Experience Review
Honda Amaze - Performance Review
Please note: Actual images of the Honda Amaze will be published only on November 23, 2012 as a result of an embargo signed with the automaker.
In the flesh, the Amaze looks a lot more balanced than, say, a Dzire. Honda has done a commendable job designing the rear end; the added boot lid matches the rest of the design and doesn't look like an afterthought. Inside, the design and layout of the dashboard is exactly similar to that seen in the Brio and has the same black-beige color combination with a brown centre console. The instrumentation is exactly similar too. What’s improved though is the amount of space and comfort. The Amaze feels a lot more spacious as compared to the Brio, thanks to a longer wheelbase.
The 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, developed specifically for markets like ours, promises to offer class-leading levels of refinement and drivability. It is expected to put out over 80 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque and return a fuel economy in the region of 18-22 kmpl.
It is certainly not going to be easy for the Honda Amaze to stand up against brands that have already established their presence in the Indian market. But that said, on the other hand we have a sedan that will arrive bundled with a well-balanced design, the revolutionary i-DTEC diesel engine and of course, the backing of the Japanese brand that has always scored high on performance and reliability. Add to it an aggressive pricing strategy and Honda could very well be looking at the DZires, the Veritos and the likes in its rearview mirror in the coming year.