Monday, January 7, 2013

Honda Amaze 2013


Honda’s stellar image in India was first affected by the miscalculated positioning for Jazz. The lack luster initial market performance of the premium hatch made it seem like Honda had made its first wrong call after having made years of error-free judgement about what suits the Indian market.
Honda has had large diesel engines in its European line-up and its i-CTDi and i-DTEC engines have been around for sometime. With a plan of catering to markets like India, Honda had earlier this year showcased a small 1.6-lite diesel engine. Finally, a slightly smaller (1.5-liter) version of this diesel engine will make it to the Indian market shoehorned into the bonnet of the ‘Amaze’ – the sedan version of the Brio hatch.
Honda has always meant petrol for Indian car buyers and that hasn't stopped them from buying cars such as the CR-V or the Accord. But with the overwhelming majority of small car buyers now choosing diesel over petrol and Honda increasingly relying on its hatches for volumes, a diesel engine in its grasp is being sorely missed.
Then, last year, the tsunami in Japan and the floods in Thailand dealt a double whammy to Honda’s Indian operations, dependent as it is for sourcing key parts that go into its cars here. So, last year was tough for Honda Cars India and its performance showed in the number of customers that walked away frustrated because they couldn't wait for the many months before the promised delivery could be made by the local dealer.
The Amaze, is already new, though it is based on the Brio or is rather a clone with a big boot. But when Honda took a bunch of Indian journalists to test drive the Amaze at its test facility in Motegi Japan, the focus was more on the fact that it will be the new diesel engine version. Rightfully so, after all Honda will finally crack the sub-four-meter and sub-1.5-liter diesel engine category, taking on competitors like the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire and the Tata Indigo CS.
The real story of the Amaze’s design starts once you walk past the B-pillar. The rest of the front is identical to the Brio. The rear half of the Amaze is all new. Unlike the Brio’s near parallel to the road roof, the Amaze’s roof slopes gradually down where it meets the rear glass and then slopes sharply down to the boot lid. The boot lid itself is typically stubby and ends abruptly, a characteristic of most sub-four-meter sedans.
But the best part of the Amaze is that the design doesn't give it an ungainly stance. There still seems to be a certain planned, purposeful flourish to the design. Aiding this visual perception is the addition of a second belt-line that starts where the first fades and then merges neatly into the tail lamp. At the rear, the tail-lamps are adequately large to abet the healthy sedan look. There are a few obvious design cues that have been taken from the current City and its Arrow Shot form.
Overall, the Amaze’s cab-forward design is still very hatch-like from the front, but some clever lines at the sides and some key design elements at the rear manage to make it much less cumbersome than the Suzuki Swift DZire. But much of its dimensions and design have been chosen to eventually benefit in improving the practicality of the car for the user.
Take, for example, the fact that the wheelbase has been enhanced by 60 mm to 2,405 mm compared to the Brio’s 2,345 mm. The Amaze’s total length is 3,990 mm, width is 1,680 mm and overall height is 1,500 mm. The increased dimensions go on to improve the space inside the Amaze’s cabin.
The rest of the Amaze is likely to be shared, common parts from the Brio. That should enable Honda to save on costs and keep the price of the new sedan competitive.


Name : Amaze Petrol
Model : V
Car Body Type : Sedan
Segment : C Segment


Displacement : 1198cc, i-VTEC
Engine Type : Petrol
Maximum Power : 89 Bhp @ 6200 rpm
Maximum Torque : 110 Nm @ 4800 rpm


Length : 3990 mm
Width : 1680 mm
Height : 1485 mm


Airbag : 2
Parking Sensors : No
Fog Lamp : Yes
Traction Control : No
EBD : Yes
ABS : Yes
ESP : No


AC : AC (without Climate Control)
Power Windows : Yes
Central Locking : Remote
Remote Boot : Yes
Remote Fuel Filler : Yes
Rear Wiper : No
Rear Defogger : Yes
Rear Armrest : Yes
Steering Adjustment (Rake/Reach) : Yes/No
Driver Seat Adjustment : Manual
Music System : Dash Integrated 2DIN
Leather Seats : No
Door Mirror : Both Side Electric
Tinted Glass : Yes
Rear AC Vent : No
Folding Rear Seats : Yes
Sun Roof : No
Buttons/Controls on Steering : Yes
Auto Viper : No
Auto Headlamp : No


Seating Capacity : 5
Tyre Size : 175/65 R14
Suspension : McPherson Struts
Turning Circle : 4.60 mtrs.
Steering : Power
Brakes : Front Disk, Rear Drum
Gears : 5 Manual
Ground Clearance : 150.00 mm
Fuel Tank : 35.00
Body Color Bumpers : Yes
Tachometer : Yes
Alloys : Yes
ORVM Indicator : No
Xenon Headlamps : No 
Trip Meter : 2
Headlamp Washer : No

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