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Honda Amaze: Now with BS-VI-compliant powertrains!

The Amaze brought in many firsts for the Japanese automaker. The first-generation Amaze – which is now available as a fleet-only model – was the first Honda to feature a diesel engine in the Indian market. The second-gen car you see above upped the ante as it forayed the option of a diesel-CVT in the compactsedan segment, which was not only a first for Honda but also a first for the market.

Unlike its mainstream rival, the Honda Amaze continues to be powered with a diesel-engine, despite considering the transition to BS-VI made it pricier than its BS-IV counterpart. The petrol-powered Amaze, too, is now updated to meet the BS-VI emission standards.

Everything else, however, remains unchanged with the BS-VI update. It still carries forward the same design, with a thick chrome grille flanked by boxy headlamps, single-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, and a well-proportioned rear. The interiors, too, remain unchanged. Well, here’s a lowdown of the BS-VI enabled Honda Amaze.

Specifications

While it sure looks like the most well-proportioned compact sedan in the market, the Amaze’s design is still somewhat plain and lacklustre. As for the dimensions, the second-gen Amaze measures 3,995mm in length, 1,695mm in width, and 1,501mm in height. The wheelbase is a healthy 2,470mm. The kerb weight for the base-spec model, on the other hand, is 905kg. The fuel tank capacity for both the models is 35-litres. The boot space capacity is 420-litres.

Under the hood, theHonda Amaze is essentially mechanically unchanged from the BS-IV spec model. Talking about the petrol first, it’s the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine which makes 89bhp and 110Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed CVT automatic. The diesel, on the other hand, is also the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. It also comes mated to the same gearbox options as petrol. The diesel-CVT option, though, makes 20% less power at 80bhp. Both the engines, as said before, are BS-VI compliant.

Mileage

While the power and torque figures of the BS-VI model are identical to the BS-IV model, it’s the fuel efficiency that’s taken a toll. The ARAI-certified fuel efficiency for the petrol Amaze is now 18.6km/l for the manual and 18.3km/l for the CVT. The diesel Amaze, delivers 24.7km/l with the manual gearbox and 21km/l with the CVT gearbox.

Features

The Amaze is quite decently-loaded with features from a segment standpoint. Sure, projector lamps and LED DRLs are now a common fitment in the segment, but it still doesn’t look under-equipped. The 15-inch alloy wheels are now a size bigger than its predecessor, but they still lack appeal. On the inside, the top-spec variants get a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, electronically retractable and adjustable ORVMs, steering-mounted audio controls, and push-button start with keyless entry.

What would have been nicer though, are rear-adjustable headrests and leather-stitching for the steering wheel.

Colours

The Amaze, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Radiant Red, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, and Modern Steel Metallic. In our opinion, the Amaze looks its best in Lunar Silver Metallic shade, although, it’s safe to say all the available colours suit the Amaze very well.

Brochure

All the details regarding the Honda Amaze, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Honda Amaze is available in fourteen variants, with four variants for the petrol-manual, three variants for the petrol-CVT, four variants for the diesel-manual, and three variants for the diesel-CVT. The prices start at Rs. 6.12 lakhs for the 1.2 E MT Petrol variant going all the way up to Rs. 9.98 lakhs for the 1.5 VX CVT Diesel variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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