Honda Car India has unveiled the second-gen Amaze compact sedan at the 2018 Auto expo. The car is expected to be launched sometime in the next fiscal year. The updated Honda Amaze gets some major cosmetic alterations, inside-out.
On the outside, the new Honda Amaze comes with completely redesigned front and rear ends. The face gets a vertical nose, new rectangular-shaped headlights, a prominent chrome grille and large fog lamp housings. The side profile reveals extremely proportionate integration of the boot lid and a set of new alloy wheels. The rear-end too is elegantly designed and features large taillights, with reflectors extending onto the boot lid. The number plate housing is located in the centre, while the taillights are joined via a chrome strip. Top-end models of the new Honda Amaze will also get rear parking sensors integrated in the bumper and a prominent boot lid-mounted spoiler.
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Interestingly, Honda designers haven’t just overhauled the exteriors of the new Amaze. The interiors too have been given an equivalently major update. The dashboard layout is all-new, though it still follows the dual-tone black and beige theme. The 3-spoke steering wheel with a squarish horn-pad screams freshness, while the twin-pod instrument cluster with a small MID in the centre too is a new addition.
The dashboard spreads evenly on both sides of the centre console, which in-turn houses a large touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate controls and centre top-mounted AC vents. Piano black inserts around the centre console and passenger-side area break the monotony of the dashboard and help in livening up the cabin. While comprehensive feature list will be available near the official launch, the India-spec new Honda Amaze 2018 is sure to come with a much-awaited feature addition – cruise control.
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At the launch of the second-gen model, Honda didn’t reveal much about the new Amaze. Hence, we can expect the current crop of engines – a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel, to continue doing the powering duty in the new Amaze. However, the company did announce the optional addition of a CVT automatic gearbox to the diesel models of the 2018 Amaze. This will thus be the first time that the compact sedan from Honda will be offered with a diesel automatic powertrain options.