Honda to up the ante in the entry level sedan segment in India with the launch of Amaze
Honda Amaze, which hit the roads in Thailand a few days back on November 23, is likely to make its way to the Indian roads too very soon. While all the variants of the Amaze launched in Thailand is only petrol powered, the one that would be launched in the country would have a diesel engine. This would be the first diesel powered car from the stables of the Japanese car maker and would take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
On dimensions front, both the cars are less than 4 metre in length; however, the Honda Amaze is likely to be wider and hence would provide more room space. The exteriors of Amaze resembles Brio to a great extent, with its front fascia having the same attractiveness but with more styling cues at the bonnet line that makes it at par with the sporty look of the Dzire. The rear of the Amaze comparatively has better designs and is quite bigger also. The Amaze comes with a larger wheel base than its Brio by 60 mm and has larger rear doors that would facilitate in entering and exiting the car.
The interiors of the Amaze is properly designed and comes with comfy seats. While comfort is what describes Amaze's seats, durability is what describes Swift Dzire's interiors. The Amaze comes with plenty of storage space, which include coin, cup and bottle holders at floor console. As the central fuel tunnel has been kept low in the Amaze, the passengers can sit comfortably. The Amaze has more leg room and knee room than the Maruti Dzire. The Amaze is also likely to come with many safety and security features as is fundamental to Honda Cars; thus, would give another setback to Maruti Dzire.
The diesel variant of Maruti Dzire comes powered by a 1.3 litre DOHC diesel engine capable of churning out a power as high as 74 bhp at 4000 rpm. On the other hand, the all new Honda Amaze houses a i-DTEC diesel engine, which is developed by former Honda F1 team, and is expected to deliver a maximum power of 80 bhp. While the Dzire offers a good mileage of 23.4 kmpl, the all new Amaze is likely to deliver an excellent mileage of 25 kmpl.
While the base diesel variant of Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with a price tag of Rs. 6 lacs, the all new Honda Amaze is likely to carry a price tag of around Rs. 7-8 lacs. Though the Amaze would be priced slightly higher than the Swift Dzire, the Amaze comes with more number of safety, security and comfort features.