First unveiled in 2012, the Honda Amaze (also known as Brio Amaze in some markets) has gone through a mild facelift and the first market to reveal it is none other than India.
Featuring a few small, yet significant updates revolving around the car’s exterior, interior, as well as standard equipment, the Amaze is priced between Rs 5.30 lakhs (RM7,194) and Rs 8.30 lakhs (RM11,266) for the petrol variants, and between Rs 6.42 lakhs (RM8,174) and Rs 8.20 lakhs (RM11,211) in India.
Outside, the Amaze now comes with a redesigned front fascia, which comprises a new grille, new bumper, as well as new tail lamps. Inside, the car gets a new dashboard, similar to the one in the BR-V, which is headed for India, and maybe even Malaysia soon.
Also, the buttons and levers used to control the air conditioning and infotainment have been replaced with touch controls, like the ones fitted in the City. In addition, the car gets a two-tone dashboard with sleeker air-cond vents, silver accents, as well as a new 3D instrument cluster, with a multi-information screen.
The Honda Amaze also gets new seats, heat absorbing windscreen, and Bluetooth audio streaming feature. Safety and comfort features have been enhanced as well, as the Amaze now comes with two airbags, ABS, and EBD.
Under the hood, the Honda Amaze is powered by the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines, and for the first time, the petrol variant gets a CVT gearbox. Honda India claims that the Amaze is the first petrol car in its class to offer CVT technology.
While the i-VTEC petrol mill produces 88hp and 109Nm of maximum torque, the i-DTEC engine churns out 98hp and 200Nm of torque, with a fuel consumption of 25.8km/l. The petrol version on the other hand, returns 18.1 kilometers for a liter of fuel.
Katsushi Inoue, the president and CEO of Honda Cars India said, “Amaze has been a very successful model since its launch 3 years ago and we have close to 200,000 owners in India. We are confident that the New Amaze with bold new style, premium interiors with new age features will attract even more customers. The new Amaze has been designed keeping in view the customer feedback. We value our customers and always try to exceed their expectations.”
He added that every new Honda model that is introduced in the Indian market will come equipped with Dual SRS Airbags as standard and by April 2017, and the entire model line-up will have Dual SRS airbags as standard equipment.
Also being sold in Thailand and Philippines, the facelifted Amaze is yet to make its debut in the ASEAN region, but we can expect it to do so later this year.
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