In the month of April 2013, Honda entered the compact segment in India by launching the booted variant of its tiny hatchback BRIO by naming it the AMAZE. The AMAZE was based on the Brio platform and shared all its components. However, at the same time, Honda chose to offer India what it demanded. A DIESEL option for there cars as HONDA only used to have only PETROL engines. Why diesel? It has a slightly lesser running cost and better fuel efficiency. This is what INDIANS demanded and HONDA answered their calls. The BRIO platform was so versatile and the same was used for the AMAZE and the MOBILIO models.
Coming back to the AMAZE, HONDA tried to penetrate the sub 4-meter COMPACT SEDAN market and went head on to compete with the KING of compact sedan market, the SWIFT DZIRE which was offered with both PETROL and DIESEL variants. Another compact sedan which had a good market share in this segment was the TATA INDIGO CS. However, it was out of the league in terms of looks, quality, and finish but was the most affordable and functional car one can get.
Honda AMAZE was a real competitor to the SWIFT DZIRE in terms of fit and finish quality and reliability and now it also had a DIESEL variant. What was amazing about the AMAZE was the space it offered in that segment. The cabin was spacious, front and rear seat comfort was really amazing if you compare it with the cramped up cabin of the DZIRE but the DZIRE still trumped over it because it was cheaper to buy as well as costs low for its maintenance. AMAZE costs more by 10-12 thousand and another issue with the AMAZE DIESEL was that, it was noisy. The insulation was not up to the mark which resulted in the engine noise penetrating the cabin and then subsequent upgrades and changes were made to the AMAZE, however, it still failed to get that market stats which HONDA had expected.
With the start of a new year, HONDA expects to bring in new success by upgrading its product and they launched its BRAND NEW AMAZE and when we say its BRAND NEW, we really mean it.
HONDA has redesigned the car and has done away with its smooth lines and slanting hood. This time they adopted a more boxy design and as Indians, we like box designs. However, now we are more inclined to sleek designs but HONDA has made sure they don’t make this a lame one. AMAZE takes its inspiration from its elder sibling HONDA ACCORD.
The car now looks more MACHO then its predecessor because of the way it has been styled. Now the font gets a more bold and wider grille with a mix of chrome and matte black finish and the HONDA emblem sitting neatly at the center. The AMAZE gets rectangular headlamps with LED DRLs and integrated indicators instead of the somewhat oval looking headlamp on the old model. The hood is more upright and flat as compared to the slanting hood of the old AMAZE. The bumper is redone as well. Coming to its side profile, there is a shoulder line that starts from the front and goes back to the tail and gets integrated with the tail lamp and the design is a smooth flowing one from the start till the end. In Fact, the cabin looks airier due to slightly bigger windows. The wheelbase has also been increased which means better cabin space. The previous AMAZE never felt cramped but this one gets better.
The AMAZE gets 15” inch wheels and runs on 175/65R15 tires. Coming to the rear, the boot is again flat and is nicely designed with a boot lip spoiler. The rear end also gets redesigned with C shaped tail lamps that extends up to the boot and which blends with the chrome plate available on the top trim. The number plate slot is conventionally placed at the center onto the boot and the rear bumper design is again flat and boxy inline with the new design language adopted by HONDA and they call it the H DESIGN.
Apart from this, it gets automatic OVRM’s with integrated turn indicators. The NEW AMAZE is 3900 mm in length, 1680 mm in width and stands 1505 mm in height and 165 mm ground clearance. It has a 2405 mm wheelbase and 400 liters of boot space to carry your luggage. HONDA has not just made aesthetical changes but have also made changes to its interiors. The NEW AMAZE gets a NEW DASHBOARD which takes its inspiration from the HONDA CITY. So what you get is a refreshed cabin with black and beige shades. The steering design is changed as well and now comes with three-spoke, a squared shaped horn buff which was a circular one in the old model. At the center, you get a 7” inch touchscreen DIGIPAD with ANDROID AUTO & APPLE PLAY to make your journey pleasant. As mentioned earlier, the cabin is AIRY as well as the front and rear comfort is quite good for an average sized person but not sure about the tall towers. We will need to check that out when we do a comprehensive review. The only thing that the NEW AMAZE retains is the engine. It gets the same old 4 cylinders, 1.2 Ltr PETROL engine which makes 86.7 PS @ 4500 RPM with 109 NM of TORQUE and the 1.5 Ltr DIESEL engine that churns 98.6 PS @ 3600 RPM with a healthy TORQUE of 200 NM. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed gearbox and one can expect a mileage of anywhere between 15 to 17 KMPL from the petrol and 20 to 24 KMPL from the diesel engine. In the real world driving conditions, however, this figure may vary as HONDA has re-tuned the engine for better NVH levels and better fuel economy and it is expected that the NEW AMAZE is going to be more fuel efficient than its predecessor. So now, let’s see if the NEW AMAZE has got everything to leave the INDIANS AMAZED and that, we will find when we drive it. So stay tuned.