After an intense wait that involved several rumours and speculations, Honda has finally silenced what little critics it had with the launch of the Honda Amaze . This offering from Honda India is based off the platform of the popular hatchback, the Honda Brio and shares several of its features and specifications. Considering that the Indian automotive base is slowly moving in favour of compact sedans, this was a rather smart move on the part of Honda India. The Amaze compact sedan is based on the Honda Brio hatchback platform and is offered in a choice of 2 engines, with one being petrol and the other being diesel. Interestingly, the Amaze is Honda's first diesel offering in the Indian market. The diesel engine line-up consists of 4 models, one of which is the Honda Amaze EX diesel. This variant is the second in line from the base model and features the 1.5-litre, i-DTEC, 98.6bhp, Earth Dreams engine that Honda has built specifically for the Indian subcontinent. The petrol line-up of the Amaze features the Brio sourced 1.2-litre, i-VTEC mill. The Amaze EX feature the 1.5-litre diesel engine and is hooked to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Honda Amaze EX diesel is second from base model in the diesel line-up and therefore comes with a few more features over the base version. Some of these features include Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, power windows for both, front and rear, power steering function, AC with heater, 1 DIN audio system with coin box and front speakers.
The exteriors of the Honda Amaze are nothing short of a marvel. Unlike most hatchback based compact sedans, Honda Amaze was designed from scratch at the same time as the Brio hatchback that it is based on. This effort from Honda is clearly shown in the exteriors where the front, side and rear profiles, all look equally alluring. Honda has put in additional efforts and has not simply plastered on a boot; instead the company has redesigned a lot of things past the B pillar. While the front of the car resembles its sibling the Brio hatch, the rear part has clearly been inspired from the Honda City. Additionally, the Honda Amaze EX diesel variant comes with added exterior features in the from of body coloured door handles and ORVMs, which are provided in black for the base models. The wheelbase of the car has also been extended to accommodate the boot and increase comfort levels for the rear passengers. The Honda Amaze E variant comes with a length of 3990mm, width of 1680mm, height of 1500mm and a wheelbase measuring 2405mm. The boot space measures out 400 litres and is considered best-in-segment. The Amaze EX diesel variant comes with 14-inch steel wheels but it does have the outer door handles and ORVMs dipped in body colour and not black as opposed to the base variants.
The interiors of the Honda Amaze are just as impressive as the exteriors, if not more so. Similar to the base diesel trim, the Honda Amaze EX diesel also gets single-tone beige coloured scheme and seat fabrics but has the added advantage of features like 1 DIN audio system with coin box and front speakers which are missing in the base model. The cabin quality here is top notch and the plastic and fabric feel is good, while the dashboard and instrumental panel have clearly been designed keeping ergonomics in mind. The driver and co-passenger seats are well placed with a good amount of knee room and thigh support. The rear seat row is where the Amaze really benefits from the extended wheelbase. Passengers at the rear will never complain about comfort as the rear seats have ample amounts of knee room while also providing good thigh support. The Amaze has a seating capacity of 5 people , while offering a boot space of 400 litres. Despite being a base variant, the Amaze EX diesel still features interior options like front and rear cup and bottle holders, electric power steering with tilt function, etc.
Engine and Performance
It is a well known fact that Honda is one of the most reliable engine makers of modern times. The 1.5-litre, i-DTEC engine that does duty in the Amaze EX diesel has been developed specifically for the Indian subcontinent. This engine churns out a remarkable 98.6bhp at 3600rpm along with a peak torque output of 109Nm at 4500rpm that is also the best power output in this cars segment . The Honda Amaze retains the capacity to go from 0-100kmph in a mere 12.50 seconds while achieving a top speed of 175kmph. This engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, which in combination with the engine manages to give the best-in-class mileage of 25.8kmpl.
Braking and Handling
Honda Amaze has good handling thanks, mainly to the superior suspension setup. The suspension system consists of a McPherson strut at the front in combination with a torsion beam setup for the rear end. The braking system of the Amaze EX diesel variant consists of disc brakes for the front and drum brakes for the rear. The brake setup in combination with the suspensions ensure a smooth and comfortable driving experience for the driver and passengers. However, some do feel that the steering wheel is not quite as rigid as it should be during higher speeds.
Honda Amaze provides a great deal to the customers in terms of comfort and convenience features. This is an essential factor as the Honda Amaze has a lot riding on it, being Honda's first diesel offering to the Indian market. The Amaze EX diesel provides most of the basic comfort options and is sure to please the customers in this aspect. This variant comes with features like front and rear power windows, power steering with tilt function , front and rear cup and bottle holders, tachometer, AC with heater, 1 DIN audio system with coin box and speakers at the front.
The safety department is the one place that this variant may fall short. The Honda Amaze EX does not offer anything more than the basic safety features. It features safety options like engine immobiliser, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution , driver seat belt reminder and a high mount stop lamp at the rear. The Amaze EX diesel variant does not feature the front dual SRS airbags that are offered only in the top end petrol and diesel variants.
Excellent build, class leading mileage and comfortable interiors.
Lacks airbags, steering wheel lacks rigidity at high speeds.
The mechanism by which power is transmitted from the engine to the wheels.Transmission type could be Manual,Automatic, Continuously Variable Transmission, or Semi-Automatic.
The maximum amount of fuel that the engine can burn in one complete cycle of all the cylinders together.
The amount of work the engine can do over a period of time. It is measured in Horsepower. One Horsepower is equal to the energy needed to lift 550 pounds at a height of one foot for one second. 1 PS=1.01387 bhp.
The maximum power output the engine can
produce over a particular range of speed.
Sudden braking at high speeds can cause the brakes to lock up and the car to skid. The electronic sensors in the Anti Lock braking System rapidly pressurize and depressurize the brakes, thus stopping them from locking up.
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