Honda Brio sedan has been in news for a long time now. Finally Honda Car India has given an official identity to the product, the all new entry level sedan from the Japanese auto major will be called Honda Amaze. Honda Amaze will be unveiled in Thailand on 23rd November. Indian customers have to wait till March-2013 to see the model in flesh. In Thailand, Honda Amaze will get a slightly tweaked engine of Honda Brio. But in India, Amaze will get both petrol and diesel engines. Interestingly, Honda is bringing their first diesel car after 15 years of their existence in India. This 1.5ltr engine is a new all aluminium engine developed by Honda’s motor sports department.
Honda Amaze is expected to get a significant amount of locally sourced aggregates. This strategy will help the company to price Amaze attractively. “These models will be introduced to the market at affordable prices realised by increasing cost competitiveness through local sourcing and production,” said Honda in a statement issued to Indian media. As Honda Amaze is a sub-four meter sedan, company can avail the benefit of subsidized tax rates. If Honda India decides to pass benefit to customers, no doubt Amaze will keep the dealerships busy.
“The car offers amazing power delivery yet with class leading fuel efficiency, while sustaining core Honda values to appeal to the growing base of middle class customers aspiring to own a Honda Sedan,” the statement further added.
Honda Amaze was recently shown to a selected group of journalists in Thailand. Honda Amaze measures 3990mm in length and 2407mm wheelbase. The wheel base of Brio hatchback has been stretched by 63mm to ensure ample legroom and headroom for rear benchers. Honda claims Amaze will come with approximately 420ltrs boot space, which includes 20ltrs under-floor box. The Amaze will weighs just 26kg more compared to it’s hatchback sibling, that means the total weight will be less than a ton (951kg to be more precise).
Anyways, Honda Amaze looks a very competitive car on paper. But we need to wait and see the actual performance after it’s commercial debut in Thailand. Stay tuned to Wheelosphere for more updates.