Saturday, April 21, 2018
This is the All-New, 2nd Generation Honda Amaze
There’s no love lost for diesel at Honda. Just as the rest of the world is turning away from using diesel in their cars, Honda is diving straight into the deep in, particularly in developing markets such as India. This time, it’s with the all-new, second-generation Amaze sedan.
Dropping the “Brio” name, the Amaze becomes its own full-fledged line starting with this all-new second-generation model. Like its predecessor, the 2018 Amaze will still be made available in both diesel and gasoline flavors in India. However, this time, the highlight is that the diesel engine can be paired with a CVT automatic transmission.
Honda is particularly proud of this accomplishment and promises that more markets will soon experience the diesel/CVT pairing (cross your fingers for a diesel CVT Mobilio or BR-V for the Philippine market).
Although Honda is yet to release official power figures for the 2018 Amaze, expect it to at least maintain the current 1.5-liter i-DTEC’s 100-horsepower, 200 Nm of torque figure.
In terms of styling, the Amaze aligns itself with Honda’s global passenger car look with the upright solid-wing grille, trapezoidal headlights, and C-shaped rear lights. Inside, the all-new Amaze features a brand-new dashboard design with the touchscreen infotainment screen taking centerstage. The design has also allowed Honda to free up additional legroom.
The 2018 Honda Amaze was launched globally at the Auto Expo 2018 in India last February with a formal launch (and retail sales) slated for May in that market. No word yet whether the second-generation Amaze will be made available for the Philippine market.