Japanese auto giant Honda Motor corp is all set to launch its first entry level diesel sedan the Honda Amaze based on the Honda Brio hatchback car in India during the first half of the next fiscal year. The new Honda Amaze which will be undraped on November 23, 2012 in Thailand, is especially designed for quenching the growing demand of diesel cars in the Asian markets. The sub-four-meter saloon is going to amaze the growing middle class customers in India, who aspire of owning a sedan, by less excise duty costs. The first diesel vehicle by the Honda, will be powered with a spanking new 1.5 liter Earth Dreams i-DTEC turbo-diesel engine which is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The all new aluminum diesel engine designed by the Honda's F1 engineers which makes the sedan only 26 kg heavier than the Brio hatchback, is expected to give an ARAI certified mileage of not less than 24 km/l. The petrol variant of the Honda Amaze will inherit the same 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine, from the Brio and the Jazz hatchbacks which gives 88 bhp of power and 109 NM of torque.
The Honda Amaze pictures compact design concept, it is 3990 mm long, 1680 mm wide and 1485 mm high which will lure customers with its astonishing spacious interiors yet compact exteriors. It is designed to easily accommodate 5 passengers and would offer ample of cargo space. The Honda Amaze offers folding rear seats with armrests for the rear passengers and large remote boot space. The light-tan colored interiors, with leather upholstery and a neat dashboard gives an executive look. Honda Amaze features - electric door mirrors on both sides, remote fuel filler and music controls on the steering are par for the course in the segment.
Honda cars have created a niche for providing luxurious sedans with class comfort and convenience features with safety features which ensure a safe ride to its customers. It offers airbags for the driver and the front passenger with three pin seat belts for all of the passengers. Integrated fog lamps on the body colored bumpers, ABS, EBD and disk brakes on the front tires and drum brakes on the rear ensure of a safe ride.
The new Honda Amaze could prove to be an another great option from the Honda cabal, apart from the current favorite Honda City. We speculate the Honda Amaze price would be between Rs. 7 lakhs( for the base petrol variant) to Rs. 9 lakhs( top-end diesel variant), which would offer a stiff competition to its rivals like the bulky Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Tata Indigo ECS, Tata Indigo Manza, Nissan Sunny and upcoming sub-four-meter Mahindra Verito.