The much awaited Honda Amaze saloon will be launched in India on April 11. The carmaker is expected to price its first compact saloon here at around Rs. 6-7.5 lakh. The carmaker has started taking bookings for an amount of Rs. 21,000 (refundable) and is currently promising a 30-day delivery period.
The big news is that Honda's new 1.5-litre diesel engine will make its debut in the new Amaze. Along with this new engineered-for-India motor, the saloon will also be offered with the 1.2-litre petrol engine that is shared with the Brio hatchback. While the diesel-powered car will come with a five-speed manual gearbox, the 1.2-litre petrol variant will come with the options of both a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic ’box.
While based on Honda’s Brio hatch, the saloon gets subtle styling tweaks in the form of a different grille, fog lamps (only on the Indian version of the car) and new alloy wheels. The carmaker, in a brilliant engineering move, has given the Amaze a considerably longer wheelbase than the hatch, resulting in spacious interiors.
The introduction of the diesel engine here marks a significant step for Honda, which has stubbornly stuck to petrol motors till date and consequently lost a lot of fans to diesel motor-equipped competition. The Amaze could well be the carmaker’s ticket to supremacy in the entry-level saloon segment here and could dethrone the current segment leader, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, as well as pose a serious threat to other rivals like the Tata Manza, Toyota Etios and Mahindra Verito.