|Honda has unveiled a contemporary compact car for India. The new Honda Amaze, probably a derivation of the word Amazing, is produced at Honda R&D Asia Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.|
India, one of the world’s most populated countries, is the first country to receive the Honda Amaze with the latest i-DTEC diesel powerplant, alongside the petrol version. Honda hasn’t revealed anything about where the Amaze would go to next…
On looks, the new Honda Amaze features pronounced character lines from front to rear, with the ‘tiny’ chromed front grille, the front’s bottom double-tiered bumper with foglights, shoulder lines at the side and the extended red lights with the license garnish line to match the car’s protruding rear end. Lastly, unique five-spoke wheels complete the Amaze’s exterior package. In dimensions, the Honda Amaze measures 3990 mm long, 1680 mm wide and 1505 mm tall, with a wheelbase at 2405 mm. India’s traffic jams and road congestions are one of the worst in the world, hence the Honda Amaze is made to incorporate a small turning radius of 4.5 meter for the petrol manual version and 4.7 m for the petrol auto transmission and diesel versions.
The interior of the Honda Amaze is categorized as the compact with lots of head, knee clearance and leg room. Further, the head rest position provides better rear visibility. At the front, ample cup holders and the glove compartment allow plenty of storage space for small items. The rear’s boot space has a capacity of 400L for golf bags, luggages and so forth. A host of convenience included inside the Honda Amaze especially for the Indian masses are; the seat height adjuster, a special heat absorbing Fr. Windshield and Power Folding ORVMs.
The new Honda Amaze is essentially offered in diesel and petrol versions. Four grades of the Honda Amaze E, EX, S and VX are available, mated to either a manual transmission or 5-speed automatic transmission. The Honda Amaze diesel is powered by a 1.5L 4 cylinder DOHC i-DTEC engine (exclusive to the Indian market) that churns 100PS @ 3600rpm and 200 Nm of torque @ 1750 rpm, while the petrol version takes up a 1.2L 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that gives an output of 88 PS @ 6000 rpm and torque of 109 Nm@ 4500 rpm. Fuel consumption-wise, test data indicated that the diesel Honda Amaze could achieve 25.8 km/l and the petrol-engine Amaze splurges 18 km/l for MT and 15.5 km/l for the AT.
Stability and handling of the Honda Amaze rely on front MacPherson struts and the rear’s H-shaped torsion beam. Two most important passive safety features of the Honda Amaze include; the collapsible electric Power Steering and Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACETM) body. The Honda Amaze’s active safety features consist of Dual SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), pretentioner seat belts with load limiters, and impact mitigating headrests.
The Honda Amaze is offered in six colors: Majestic Blue Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. The new compact is available at 150 Honda showrooms across 97 cities in India and includes 2-year or 40,000km warranty.