The much awaited Honda Amaze saloon will make its way to our showrooms on April 16 according to sources.
Honda will plonk its new 1.5-litre – specially engineered for India – diesel motor in this car. The Brio-based entry-level saloon will also be offered with the 1.2-litre petrol engine that is shared with the hatchback. We drove the Amaze at the Motegi race track in Japan and liked the new engine’s refinement and responsiveness.
While based on Honda’s Brio hatch, the saloon gets subtle styling tweaks in the form of a different grille, fog lamps and new alloy wheels. The Amaze is significantly longer than the hatch and has plenty of space on the inside, a win when compared to its chief rival, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
If Honda prices the Amaze right, it could take the fight to competitors like the Tata Manza, Toyota Etios and Mahindra Verito and could well be the carmaker’s ticket to supremacy in the entry-level saloon segment here.