Honda Amaze to lock horns with Swift DZire soon in India

Wednesday 03 April 2013, 11:00 AM by

Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational automobile giant Honda Motor Co., is going to launch its much awaited Amaze compact sedan in the domestic market on April 10, 2013. Experts believe that the car will take head on the entry level sedan champion, the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire upon its arrival in the country.

Honda Amaze to lock horns with Swift DZire soon in India | CarTrade.com
Honda Amaze to lock horns with Swift DZire soon in India

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire comes powered with a 1.2 litre, K-Series petrol engine rated with a maximum power and torque outputs of 86 bhp and 114 Nm, respectively. Further, the diesel trim comes fitted with a 1.3 litre DDiS engine that churns out a peak power of 74 bhp and highest torque of 190 Nm.

On the other hand, Honda Amaze is anticipated to come fitted with a 1.2 litre i-VTEC and a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engines powering its petrol and diesel models, respectively. The 1.2 litre i-VTEC will roll out maximum power close to 85 bhp, whereas the 1.5 litre i-DTEC belts out an impressive peak output power of 98 bhp. The drivetrain could be equipped with a 5-speed speed manual gearbox and an option of 5-speed automatic transmission. Hence, the Amaze diesel definitely has an upper hand over the Swift DZire diesel, in terms of engine performance. Further, Honda has claimed that its 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine delivers a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 25.8 kmpl, which will make Amaze the most fuel efficient sedan in the country.

At present, the Swift DZire is the best selling model in the entry level sedan segment of the Indian auto market. Hence, the Honda Amaze has a huge onus to displace Swift DZire from the top position in the entry level sedan segment. Maruti Suzuki offers its entry level sedan to domestic buyers at price tags between Rs. 4.9 lakh and Rs. 7.4 lakh. Sources suggest that Honda Cars India could also launch its Amaze range within a price range of Rs. 6 to 8 lakh in the country. Therefore, a lot of fireworks are expected when the two entry level sedans indulge in a direct face off in the Indian auto market.

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