Honda India seems to be preparing for the launch of its new entry level sedan Amaze in the Indian auto market. Reportedly, the model is counted among the most awaited launches by the Indian auto aficionados. This sedan will be based on the Brio hatchback and is expected to witness the Indian daylight on April 11, 2013. According to reports, the model will come equipped with the first diesel engine of Honda in the Indian auto space, which will help it to garner the attention of masses. In all likelihood, the upcoming Honda Amaze will target the dominance of Maruti Suzuki Swift post its launch in the Indian market.
The model will be offered in two engine options, namely 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel. The petrol engine is believed to be sourced from the Brio hatch and thus, will belt out a maximum power of 88 bhp with a highest torque output of 110 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel guise is expected to come assimilated with a much hyped 1.5 litre powertrain, which will produce a highest power of 98 bhp, along with 200 Nm of peak torque. It must be noted that, with these figure, it can be clearly said that the upcoming entry level sedan from Honda will be more powerful than the ongoing Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.
Along with a powerful engine, the 2013 Amaze will also come assimilated with a number of safety features like dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Break-force Distribution (EBD). Other key highlights of the model will be beige upholstery, steering mounted audio controls and integrated headrests, which will help the auto maker in maintaining the economical price tag of the model. Coming to the exterior dimensions of the model, the 2013 Honda Amaze measure slightly less than 4 metres in overall length and therefore, will be provided with excise duty benefits from the Indian government. This point indicates that the yet to be launched model will be competitively priced in the Indian market.
However, the interiors of the model are quite similar to the Brio hatchback as both the models share a number of parts with each other. The leg room for rear seat passengers is quite high than the Brio, which makes this sedan a comfortable model to be embarked on long trips. It must be noted that the Amaze sedan is just 26 kg heavier than its sibling hatchback. Sourced close to the development process revealed that although the model is slightly heavier than Brio, it will deliver an overwhelming fuel economy of over 20 kmpl. Industry experts believe that the launch of a new model in the entry level sedan segment will surely facilitate the Honda India to pull in some decent volumes and further consolidate iots position in the auto market.