New Honda Amaze sedan docks in SA

Eyethu Baywatch - - MOTORING • EZEZIMOTO -

Honda in SA has launched the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Amaze sedan - mi­nus the Brio con­nec­tion.

As Suzuki re­cently did with the Dzire sedan, Honda also dis­con­nected the new Amaze from its hatch sib­ling, mak­ing it a model stand­ing on its own.

In­spired by the lat­est Civic, the new In­dian-built sedan has a more re­solved look about it.

The Amaze has ‘grown up’ in every di­men­sion, with length and width ex­pand­ing by 5mm and 15mm re­spec­tively, but the big bonus is the 65mm wheel­base stretch that re­sults in in­creased cabin space.

De­spite the shorter over­hangs, boot space in­creases by 20 litres to a class-lead­ing 420-litre ca­pac­ity.

Fea­tures

The com­pact sedan is built on a new plat­form that makes ex­ten­sive use of high-strength steel, while en­hanced sound­proof­ing and re­designed en­gine mounts, ‘re­duce noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness sub­stan­tially’, Honda claims.

Un­der the bon­net Honda’s fa­mil­iar 1.2-litre nor­mally as­pi­rated four-cylin­der petrol en­gine car­ries over for cost rea­sons, but it’s perky for its size, pro­duc­ing 66kW at 6 000rpm and 110Nm at 4800rpm, and get­ting the car from 0-100km/h in a claimed 12.3 sec­onds in the case of stan­dard five-speed man­ual mod­els, or 13.5 sec­onds if you or­dered the Com­fort CVT model.

In­side, the cabin has been re­designed, but there is no touch-screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with buy­ers get­ting a con­ven­tional four-speaker sound sys­tem as stan­dard - again, to keep costs down.

Like all cars straight out of In­dia, the Amaze sedan comes with a pale beige up­hol­stery, with Honda SA of­fer­ing a set of syn­thetic leather seat cov­ers as a no-cost op­tion.

Usu­ally cars with ‘nor­mal’ black-on-grey up­hol­stery do reach us af­ter some months.

Two trims

Base­line Trend comes with that afore­men­tioned au­dio sys­tem with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, as well as man­ual air con­di­tion­ing, elec­tric win­dows, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, tilt-ad­justable multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel, dual front airbags, ABS brakes and 15-inch al­loy wheels.

The Com­fort adds au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol to the mix along with elec­tric mir­rors, auto-lock­ing on pull-off, fog lights and colour cod­ing for the ex­te­rior mir­rors and door han­dles.

Base Trend goes for R179 900, while the Amaze Com­fort man­ual is priced at R193 900.

The Com­fort with CVT trans­mis­sion costs R208 900.

Prices in­clude a five-year/200 000km war­ranty and twoyear/30 000km ser­vice plan.

Honda SA has launched the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of what was the Brio Amaze, but is now called only the Amaze sedan

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