Honda Amaze is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated vehicles in the Indian automobile market. This compact sedan is available in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. The company is selling it in quite a few variants, among which Honda Amaze S i DTEC is the mid range trim. It is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This power plant has the ability to churn out 98.6bhp in combination with 200Nm of peak torque output. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which helps in delivering a decent fuel economy. When this compact sedan is driven in the city traffic conditions, it gives close to 21 Kmpl, while on the bigger roads, its mileage goes up to 25.8 Kmpl, which is rather good for this segment. This compact sedan is designed with a wheelbase of 2405mm and it has a minimum ground clearance of 165mm. The overall length of the vehicle is 3990mm along with a total width of 1680mm a decent height of 1505mm. The fuel tank capacity is 35 litres and has a spacious boot compartment of 400 litres. At present, this compact sedan is available in six exterior paint options, which includes Majestic Blue Metallic, Urban Titanium, Carnelian Red Pearl, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver with metallic finish option.
The company has given this compact sedan an aerodynamic body structure, which is fitted with a number of features that gives it a captivating look. The front fascia is designed with a bold radiator grille, which is embossed with a chrome plated company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a well lit headlight cluster that is equipped with high intensity halogen lamps and turn indicator. The body colored bumper has a wide air dam for cooling the engine. The windscreen is made of green tinted glass and it is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. The sleek bonnet has a couple of visible character lines as well. Coming to the side profile, it comes with a number of character lines and B-pillar blackouts, which gives the sedan an elegant look. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color and these ORVMs are electrically adjustable. The wheel arches are equipped with a sturdy set of 14 inch steel wheels with full wheel covers. These rims are further covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres, which offers a superior grip on the road. On the other hand, the rear end has a bright tail light cluster, an expressive boot lid and micro antenna mounted on the roof. The large windshield is integrated with a high mounted brake light as well.
The internal section of this Honda Amaze S i DTEC variant has an appealing design with single tone beige color scheme. The well cushioned seats are covered with fabric upholstery and provides enough room for all occupants. The dashboard is equipped with a few features like chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box, an instrument panel with a few functions and three spoke steering wheel with silver finish. The company has incorporated it with some utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders in front console, three grab handles, front seat back pockets for storing magazines and other smaller things at hand, sun visors with vanity mirror, an accessory socket for charging gadgets and many other such aspects. The illuminated instrument panel houses a digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, fuel consumption display, headlight off reminder and driver seat belt warning.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, which comes with 4-cylinders and 16- valves per using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This power plant can displace 1498cc, while it has the ability to churn out a maximum power output of 98.6bhp at 3600rpm along with a peak torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. It is incorporated with a CRDi fuel supply system, which gives 25.8 Kmpl. This diesel motor is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which allows this compact sedan to deliver a decent acceleration and pickup. It can attain a breathtaking top speed of 175 Kmph and at the same time, it has the ability to accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in close to 12.5 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The manufacturer has given it an electric power steering system, which is quite responsive and makes handling easier even in heavy traffic. This steering wheel is tilt adjustable and supports a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters. On the other hand, it comes with efficient braking and suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced at all times. The front and rear wheels are equipped with a set of disc and drum brakes respectively. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. The front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while the rear gets torsion beam type of mechanism as well.
This Honda Amaze S i DTEC is the mid range trim and the company has bestowed it with a lot of sophisticated features. The efficient air conditioning unit comes with a heater, then it has a multi-functional steering wheel is mounted with audio control buttons. This variant is bestowed with all four power windows with driver side auto down function, day and night inside rear view mirror, ECO lamp, headlight adjuster, center interior and boot compartment light, tilt adjustable steering wheel and power adjustable ORVMs. Apart from these, it also has an advanced 2-DIN music system, which comes with two speakers and other input options as well.
The list includes an engine immobilizer, seat belt for all passengers along with reminder notification for driver seat belt, WAVE key and a high mounted brake light. Apart from these, it also has anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.
1. Impressive exterior design.
2. Advanced braking mechanism with ABS and EBD.
1. Absence of airbag is a big minus.
2. Ground clearance can be improved.