New Honda Amaze sedan docks in SA
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.
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.
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