When the Honda Amaze was introduced in April 2013, it was an instant hit. The sub-four-metre car was praised for being both small and capacious, as well as elegant and economical. It was also reasonably priced. Honda has sold more than two lakh units to date, indicating that sales have skyrocketed and continue to soar.
However, the Amaze has just begun to feel old, particularly on the inside, and it was no match for newer rivals such as the Ford Figo Aspire and Tata zest in terms of features and premium feel. Honda has reintroduced this facelifted vehicle to reclaim its lustre. The company has added unique touches to the overall package, increasing the car’s desirability. Is it now a better deal?
The general dimensions of the redesigned Amaze stay unchanged. However, instead of the harsh two-slat front grille seen on previous Amazes, the 2016 model features a curved horizontal slat grille. The front and rear bumpers are new, and the Amaze gets new tail lamps as well. However, nothing has changed in terms of profile.
The cabin is where Honda has implemented the upgrades in a classy manner. With rectangular air vents and silver accents, the dual tone dashboard is completely new. The centre console features a new audio system with a stylish piano black surround. The technology is user-friendly and ergonomic. A sophisticated and functional digital AC control module with automatic climate control has replaced the previous car’s ugly AC control knobs.
As an alternative to the previous orange instrument cluster, the new one has a cool blue theme. A small digital screen now sits alongside the tachometer and speedometer, clearly displaying the fuel range, temperature, odometer, trip metre, time, and floating mileage. Nothing has changed in terms of space. However, this isn’t a cause for concern because the Amaze has always been one of the roomier sub-four metre sedans on the market. And now, with the new dashboard, greater usefulness, and a 400-liter boot, it’s even more desirable.
Driven by Results
We drove both the petrol and diesel versions of the Amaze, which are powered by the same engines as the previous model. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine continues to produce 88bhp, while the 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine continues to produce 100bhp. Obviously, the latter has a superior fuel economy. On the ARAI cycle, it returns 25.8 kmpl versus 17.8 kmpl for the fuel. There are certain advantages to using gasoline. It’s not only less expensive to acquire, but it’s also quieter, more refined, and revs more freely than a diesel. However, Honda has worked to substantially improve the NVH on the new diesel Amaze.
When it comes to the transmission, the standard five-speed manual gearbox from the previous model is retained. It still provides a pleasurable experience with its short throws and seamless transitions. Honda has also replaced the five-speed automatic transmission with a CVT transmission this time.
The steering is relatively direct, the brakes have a good feel and feedback, and the car continues to give outstanding visibility thanks to the driver’s seat height adjustment. The suspension, on the other hand, hasn’t changed, so the new Amaze rides just like the old one: flat and planted.
So, with the Amaze facelift, what has Honda accomplished? It has just recently caught up to the competition in terms of features, and it might yet improve by adding keyless entry and a touch screen entertainment system. The addition of the CVT ‘box and the ability for purchasers to choose dual airbags regardless of variation is fantastic news. As a result, if you are a Honda fan, the Japanese automaker has given you even more reasons to buy the vehicle. And if you’re merely looking for a sub-four-metre sedan and haven’t found one yet, the Honda Amaze facelift surely makes a stronger case now that it’s moved up the value scale.