Honda Amaze Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Honda Amaze Overview

This is the all-new Honda Amaze. Everything from the chassis to the body shell, the interior design, the features, safety equipment and, very importantly, the transmission has been changed. The engines are not all-new but get improvements of their own for improved driveability, fuel efficiency and comfort. Honda says the goal for their R&D Asia Pacific department was to make a ‘one-class-above’ sub-4 metre sedan based on the feedback from both existing owners of the previous-gen sedan as well as potential customers of the all-new one.

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The exterior design may not appeal to everyone, the interior design, space and equipment on offer certainly will. Couple all this with one of the best ride-and-handling packages on any car in the sub-4 metre sedan segment, the Honda Amaze should feature on top of your list if you are looking to buy one in the near future.Calculate EMI On Honda Amaze at Fincarz.

Honda Amaze Exterior & Look

Honda calls it the ‘Dauntless Solid’ design, the goal being to give the Amaze a premium and sensational first impression along with doses of added masculinity. It may not appeal to everyone, but there is no denying that the new Amaze looks a class apart from the competition.Honda seems to have chosen to go with the boxy look to cash in on the rising interest among Indian buyers in cars that look like SUVs. The front, with its tall and long bonnet, Honda’s signature ‘Solid Wing Face’ grille and broad headlamps make the Amaze look wide. The headlights now get LED guidelamps but miss out on projector headlamps altogether.

From the side, the Amaze looks much more proportional than the car it replaces – this is after all a car that was designed from the ground up to be a sedan, and is not a hatchback with a luggage compartment stitched onto it. The boxy dimensions become even more evident when the Amaze is looked at from the side, with both the bonnet and the boot being in parallel with the front and rear bumpers, respectively. The 15-inch alloy wheels are larger than the 14-inch units on the older car and complement the new, bolder look of the Amaze.

Like the front, the rear too feature signature Honda elements on it. The overall design seems to have taken inspiration from the Civic and the Accord. These include the taillamps which extend onto the boot, a prominent boot lip and a stylised bumper. But this is where the Amaze could have looked better, the boot lid could do with some sort of ornamental addition to reduce the bulk, especially on variants painted in the new Radiant Red Metallic option. We did see Honda use a chrome bar on the boot of the unit they showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and we expect the carmaker to bring it back at the time of launch or at least offer it as an accessory.

Honda Amaze Interior & Space

Honda’s conservative approach, particularly when it comes to equipment levels has seen buyers complain, but the new Amaze should change that. But first, let me tell you about the interior design. The dashboard looks clean, sans the busy-ness seen in a lot of new-age cars. It is a simple layout with a mix of matte black and piano-black plastics. The central air-conditioning vents sit at the top of the centre console, below which is the 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system (on offer only in the top, VX variant).

The steering wheel is new and looks and feels nice with its revised controls. The seats and lower half of the cabin are beige-hued, making for a nice contrast with the black finish of the top half while also offering a roomy feel. A definite highlight inside is the amount of space you get courtesy the new chassis. Honda has spaced the front and rear wheels further apart from each other to increase the wheelbase by 65mm. The car is 5mm longer at 3995mm and 15mm wider at 1695mm which means there’s more shoulder room, legroom and kneeroom and Honda says there’s an additional 25mm of space between the front and rear seats. What’s more, the new Honda Amaze gets a rear arm rest complete with two cup holders now, which adds to the car’s premium feel as well as passenger comfort.

Honda also tells us rear headroom has been increased, but at 5 feet, 11 inches I had my hair brushing against the roof which means six footers will not be comfortable. Honda also claims the air-conditioning system is more efficient thanks to the revised placement of the vents and a quicker cooling system, but temperatures in excess of 40 degree Celsius meant we did feel warm at the rear, especially since the Amaze does not get rear AC vents. The VX variant offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via the touchscreen, which also integrates Wi-Fi to access navigation or browse the internet via your smartphone.For more info on Honda Amaze check udarunachal

The VX also sports two USB ports – one with a 1.5 Amp output to charge and connect phones and a second one with a 1.0 Amp output only for charging. Lower variants only get a single 1.0 Amp port for connectivity/charging. The VX also comes equipped with cruise control and a reverse camera, while lower variants only get rear parking sensors. The keyless entry system integrates touch sensors now so you simply need to touch the door handle to unlock the car. The new Amaze also boasts a larger boot now as the volume is up to 420 litres (up by 20 litres).

Honda Amaze Engine & Gearbox

Honda offers the 1.2 petrol with the CVT and manual transmission options. This 1199cc, 4- cylinder engine still makes 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque. Yep, same as before. However, Honda has tweaked the internals to improve efficiency and smoothness.The 1.5-litre diesel engine is also rated at 100PS and 200Nm for the manual. However, to reduce noise and vibration the block stiffness has been increased, a new layer of damping material has been added on top of the head cover and there are new engine mounts too. Then, to be doubly sure, Honda has gone crazy with sound deadening blankets in the engine bay. Under the hood, on the firewall, under the engine and inside the cabin too, there’s more absorption material to improve the in-cabin experience. The manual gearbox is a new five-speed unit that is lighter and more efficient too. The diesel is also offered with a CVT automatic gearbox, for which the engine’s output is capped at 80PS and 160Nm.

Petrol

Yep. That’s a bit of a sore point. This engine just isn’t peppy enough for anything more than city commuting. We drove only the manual version on the drive, and light throttle inputs give you the desired results. But, put your foot down for anything brisk or speedy and you better be prepared to shift down and rev to high heaven. Expect this to be somewhat annoying when tackling ghats, and plain annoying if it is loaded with passengers and luggage.On the upside the changes to the engine make it feel smoother and quieter now. Honda claims fuel efficiency to have increased by 1.5 kmpl, to 19.5kmpl.

Diesel,

No boom. Or thunder. Or roar. Believe it. The first surprise is at startup. The low hum from the engine bay makes you wonder: Is this the i-Dtec? A leopard changes its spots! Sure, it isn’t whisper quiet, but its not annoying any more. Even when you accelerate hard, the diesel rumble is low enough for us to wonder: Is it as low as the competition now? In our books that is a massive win for Honda, especially when you package in the excellent drivability on offer from the i-Dtec.

In the city you will appreciate the gusto with which it responds to taps of the accelerator. The new five-speed gearbox has a short throw and is super slick to use. On open roads the Amaze revs up without faltering and gobbles kilometres. Yes, it revs to only about 4000rpm but in fifth it reaches its electronically limited 145kmph speed at just about 3200rpm. Honda say the speed cap is to ensure a balanced package without raising costs.Honda claim a fuel efficiency of 27.4 kmpl which is 2.4kmpl more than before. Part of the credit in efficiency would also have to be attributed to the weight savings.

Honda Amaze Ride & Handling

The new CVT is very impressive – you barely feel the rubber band effect thanks to the seven steps on offer and I was also impressed with how quickly the gearbox responds to throttle inputs, in the petrol and diesel both. Even more impressive is the fact that you can barely tell the power deficit in the diesel automatic thanks to how efficient the CVT is in terms of sending power to the front wheels and the performance is effortless. The petrol automatic even manages to sound sporty and loves being revved, like most petrol engines from Honda. The petrol automatic comes equipped with paddle shifters which the diesel automatic does not, though it is the diesel that feels quicker and punchier on the road. As for the manuals, there’s a likeable feel to the transmission, though the gear changes are accompanied by a very slight rubbery feel. The 1.5-litre oil burner feels as impressive as ever offering ample grunt even below the 2,000rpm mark. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Chennai at Autozhop.

The suspension setup is on the softer side in the interest of offering a good ride quality and the new Amaze does impress with its plush ride. It soaks up bumps, potholes and tall speed breakers impressively, without a jarring effect. On the flip side, the soft setup results in some amount of body roll, though the roll is well-controlled. That said, the suspension setup should make the new Honda Amaze a comfortable car for driving long distances, especially given how comfortable and plush the seats are. The seats are soft and let you sink in and feel good instantly and add to the car’s likeable feel. I am also impressed with the amount of space the rear seat offers and in fact I had Rohit drive while I sat at the back and felt very comfortable.

Honda Amaze Braking & Safety

Honda knows that the Amaze needs to be on par or better in terms of equipment to appeal to customers in this segment. And the Amaze does have a long list of features to do just that. LED position lamps (NOT DRLs) adorn the bottom of the headlamps. The 15-inch alloy wheels look striking while the shark fin antenna is a welcome change from the wire-type unit on the older car. Both the front doors get a smart keyless entry system – to get in you just need to place your hands on the front door handles to unlock them and use the button on the handles to close the doors. The trunk can be opened electronically using either the dedicated key on the fob or a button above the number plate holder.

Inside, the Amaze gets a push-button start/stop system. The button pulsates white when you press the clutch (or brake in the CVT) and turns red when you switch on the car for some added drama. All variants get a steering wheel with telephony and multimedia controls on the left side. The VX variant, on the other hand, gets cruise control buttons on the right side.

The Amaze is fitted with the second-generation Digipad AVN system. It now features a more responsive touchscreen, customisable layout, inbuilt navigation, Aux-in/USB/Bluetooth connectivity and is also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. The Amaze gets only four speakers connected to the multimedia system and the sound quality is just about acceptable. It also gets a reverse camera, which is missing even on the larger City! The standard safety equipment list is long too – ABS, EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX anchor points are offered as standard on all variants.

Honda Amaze Price in Gurgaon

Honda Amaze On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 5,98,143 to 10,09,303 for variants Amaze E MT Petrol and Amaze V CVT Diesel respectively. Honda Amaze is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Amaze variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Amaze price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Honda Amaze Summing Up

So the Amaze sets new benchmarks in some areas, and impresses in others. The spaciousness and ride comfort are clear highlights, which is then backed with solid all round ability. In our books the petrol engine’s appeal is limited, leaving the limelight to the diesel manual and CVT combinations. So, the Amaze has answered the two key questions quite well: this Honda deserves to sit at the front of the sub 4-metre pack. Despite the more sophisticated package and higher equipment levels Honda has priced the Amaze at par with the outgoing model and right alongside the very capable Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The only dampener is that these are introductory prices for the first 20000 bookings. So, for now, the Amaze makes for a very capable and compelling compact sedan. And on the second front, there’s no doubt about it: Honda has taken the right steps to be respected and revered once more.

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