Breaking - Honda Amaze launched at 4.99 lakhs; Pics, Brochure inside

11/04/2013 - 13:23 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Honda Cars India Limited announced the prices of its first diesel offering in India, the Honda Amaze, here in New Delhi just moments ago. The Amaze has the best fuel efficiency in the car industry as well as class-leading power output.

Honda Amaze rear three quartersHonda Amaze front three quarters

The Amaze launches in four trim levels - E, EX, S, VX with manual transmission; S and VX grades can be availed with an automatic transmission.

Honda Amaze Petrol prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

  • E - Rs. 4.99 lakh
  • EX - Rs. 5.24 lakh
  • S - Rs. 5.62 lakh
  • S(AT) - Rs. 6.62 lakh
  • VX - Rs. 6.60 lakh
  • VX (AT) - Rs. 7.50 lakh

Honda Amaze Diesel prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

  • E - Rs. 5.99 lakh
  • EX - Rs. 6.24 lakh
  • S - Rs. 6.67 lakh
  • VX - Rs. 7.60 lakh

The six body colors announced are blue, red, titanium, silver, black and white. The car comes with a heat-absorbing front windshield as standard on the VX and VX AT trims which reduces cabin temperature by 6 degrees centigrade when parked under the sun for 20 minutes.

The Honda Amaze was developed at Honda's R&D center in Bangkok and India is first to receive the 1.5L i-DTEC engine, through the launch. This is claimed to be Honda's most strategic model yet, and is developed with strong focus on requirements of Indian customers. Over the next few years, Honda hopes to increase its operating universe to around 50%.

Honda Amaze launchHonda Amaze launch in New Delhi

The Amaze is manufactured at Honda's greater Noida plant in U.P. with over 90% localization. Much of the engine components of both petrol and diesel variants, as well as the manual transmission are made at Honda's Tapukara plant in Rajasthan.

The 1.5L i-DTEC engine produces 100PS @ 3,600 rpm and 200Nm @ 1,750 rpm. An integrated engine head and light weight piston and connecting rod, help reduce weight and boost fuel economy to 25.8 kmpl (ARAI certified).

The 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine meanwhile produces 88PS @ 6,000 RPM and 109Nm @ 4,500 RPM. Fuel efficiency for the 5-speed petrol MT is 18 kmpl while the 5-speed petrol AT variant returns 15.5 kmpl. The AT is not available with the diesel engine.

The Amaze is marketed as a 'Smart Micro Limousine' and follows Honda's 'man maximum machine minimum' philosophy.

Honda AmazeHonda Amaze front and rear

Boot space capacity is 400L and safety features include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and a front body structure designed to reduce pedestrian injury in case of collision. The turning radius for the petrol variants is 4.5m while its 4.7m for the diesel variants.

The Amaze is 3,990mm long, 1680mm wide, 1,505 mm tall and bears a wheelbase length of 2,405 mm, 60mm longer than the Brio's. The front suspension is a MacPherson strut and the rear is a H-Shaped torsion beam. The steering system is an electrically assisted unit. Other features include power folding outside mirrors and an Eco Lamp that promotes fuel efficient driving.

Honda Amaze side viewHonda Amaze with HCIL management

The standard warranty 2 years/40k kilometers (whichever comes first). An additional warranty of 2 years/40k kilometers has been priced at 9,996 rupees for the petrol variants and 15,375 rupees for the diesel variants.

Click here to read our review of the Honda Amaze 1.5L i-DTEC

Honda will begin deliveries today at its 150 dealers that are spread across 97 cities. Honda promises to increase the web to 162 dealer outlets in 102 cities by the end of the current financial year.

Other key pointers from the press conference

  • 63% customers for Amaze are expected from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities
  • Greater Noida Plant's current full capacity is 440cars/day or 1,20,000 cars per year
  • Total investment on the plant (including future plans) is 2,500 crores
  • Capacity will be thereby increase to 2,40,000 units per year by next year with the addition of new models

Honda Amaze press image gallery

Honda Amaze eBrochure

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Honda Amaze walkaround video with commentary

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