2018 Honda Amaze

Dhruv

Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.

The next generation Honda Amaze is scheduled to arrive in 2018 and according to latest reports, it will debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Starting price of the upcoming Honda compact sedan could be Rs. 5.50 lakh (ex-showrooom). Read on to know about the new 2018 Honda Amaze launch, price, specifications and other details.

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze Overview

Honda Amaze was launched in India in April 2013, almost a year and a half after the arrival of the Brio. The compact sedan was the first diesel-powered offering from HCIL and had an immediate impact on sales helping the company achieve its highest ever domestic monthly sales of 11,342 units in May 2013. Within 16 months of its launch, the Honda managed to sell 1 lakh units of the Amaze in India. In March 2016, the compact sedan received its first major facelift in the form of refreshed styling and revamped dashboard.

News of the second generation Honda Amaze first emerged in May 2016, when it was revealed the car, codenamed Honda 2UB, will be arriving in 2018-19. According to a report from June 2017, the next gen Amaze will be launched in India before the next gen Brio (codename Honda 2UA). It is being developed by Honda Thailand’s R&D division with inputs from Honda India’s R&D engineers.

New 2018 Honda Amaze Launch in India

Model NameLaunch Date
2018 Honda AmazeFirst Quarter 2018

HCIL is expected to present the next generation Amaze to the public for the first time at the 2018 Auto Expo on February 9. It does not seem to have entered the public testing phase yet, but do expect spy shots to crop up towards the end of this year from India or Thailand. It will be manufactured at Honda’s plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan.

New 2018 Honda Amaze Price

VariantEx-Showroom Price (Estimated)
Base ModelRs. 6.00 lakh
Top ModelRs. 9.00 lakh

Honda isn’t known to price its products aggressively vis a vis Maruti and Hyundai. Expect that trend to continue with the launch of the next generation model.

Competition Check

Rivals of the Honda Amaze will include –

  • Maruti Dzire
  • Hyundai Xcent
  • Tata Zest
  • Ford Aspire

New 2018 Honda Amaze Specifications

2018 Honda Amaze Petrol Specifications (expected)
Engine1.2 L i-VTEC Petrol
Power88 PS
Torque109 Nm
Transmission5-speed Manual/CVT
Estimated Mileage18-19 KMPL

While the 1198 cc Petrol and 1498 cc Diesel engine options will be retained, reports suggest the latter will produce more power. Honda’s 1.5 L i-DTEC unit has often been criticized for its high NVH levels, something the engineers will be improving in the next-gen Brio series. The CVT, exclusive to the petrol variant, is likely to continue.

 

2018 Honda Amaze Diesel Specifications (expected)
Engine1.5 L i-DTEC Diesel
Power100-110 PS
Torque200-220 Nm
Transmission5-speed Manual
Estimated Mileage27-28 KMPL

New 2018 Honda Amaze – Mileage

VariantEstimated Overall Fuel Efficiency
Petrol17-18 KMPL
Diesel27-28 KMPL

When launched in April 2013, the Amaze became the most fuel efficient car on sale in India with an ARAI certified 25.8 KMPL. Since the current engine and transmission options are expected to remain, there wouldn’t be a significant change in fuel consumption figures. Honda, if not close in, may aim to overhaul the Dzire’s claimed fuel consumption figure of 28.4 KMPL in a bid to become the most fuel efficient car in India.

New 2018 Honda Amaze Design

Unlike the first generation Amaze that was engineered after the arrival of the Brio, the second generation model is being developed alongside the hatchback. This will enable designers to come up with a more cohesive body. It will be better proportioned and the boot is not expected to look like an afterthought. The passenger cell could be moved backward slightly elongating the front, and reducing the rear overhang to give it a traditional three-box profile. Expect styling cues from the City and new Civic to trickle down to the upcoming 2018 Honda Amaze including the introduction of LED DRLs and LED tail lamps. A new dual tone alloy wheel design and new paint shades are also on the cards.

2018 Honda Amaze new touchscreen
Honda’s 7-inch Digipad touchscreen infotainment unit could find its way into the new Amaze’s features list.

The interior too will receive an overhaul gaining features like a 7-inch Digipad touchscreen system, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and more while retaining the segment-best occupant space. Expect Honda to add features like keyless entry and push button start to bring the Amaze at par with its competitors. The fixed front seat headrests might be replaced with adjustable headrests.

New 2018 Honda Amaze Features

Exterior

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Dual tone 15 inch alloy wheels
  • LED tail lights
  • New paint shades

Interior

  • Automatic climate control
  • 7 inch Digipad Touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear HVAC vents
  • Electrically adjustable ORVMs with electric fold function
  • Reverse parking camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Push button start

Safety

  • Will aim to achieve 5-star Bharat NCAP safety rating
  • 2 Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points

New 2018 Honda Amaze Engine and Transmission Options

  • 1.2 L L12B i-VTEC Petrol with 5-speed Manual or CVT
  • 1.5 L Earth Dreams I4-T i-DTEC Diesel with 5-speed Manual

According to reports, Honda is keeping a close eye on the sales of the Dzire AMT variants based on which it will take a call on what strategy to adopt regarding automatic transmission options for the new Amaze.

2018 Honda Amaze specifications
The 1.5 L i-DTEC diesel engine could likely to be retuned to output more than 100 PS.

Honda Amaze Dimensions (Current Model)

Length x Width x Height3990 x 1680 x 1505 mm
Wheelbase2405 mm
Kerb Weight940-1075 KG
Wheel Type and Size175 / 65 R14 (front and rear)
Boot Space400 L
Fuel Tank Capacity35 litres

The table shows the dimensions of the current Amaze for reference. The new model Amaze won’t grow much in length as it is bound by the sub 4-meter small car regulations and already has class-leading rear legroom. However, it might be wider to aid accommodation of three passengers in the rear with greater ease.

Honda Amaze Image Gallery (Current Model)

2018 Honda Amaze Preview
2016 Honda Amaze 1.2 VX (facelift) taillamp First Drive Review

Product Name: 2018 Honda Amaze

Product Description: Second generation Honda Amaze (codename - Honda 2UB) coming in 2018

Price: 600,000

Currency: INR

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Summary

Honda is already working on the second generation Amaze compact sedan. It will have a more sedan-like profile, a better NVH package and even better mileage. The car is reportedly debuting at the 2018 Auto Expo.

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