Honda will soon launch the second generation of the second-generation of their only sub 4-meter compact sedan, the Amaze in India. Honda has officially started taking the bookings for the new car and will soon launch the sedan in the market. The Amaze will take on the Maruti Dzire in the market, which was also launched last year in an all-new avatar. Will Amaze come equipped enough to take on the best seller? Let’s find out five ways in which Amaze will be better than the Dzire in India.
Honda will offer Continous Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic gearbox with both petrol and diesel engine options in India. This is the first time that an affordable car gets a CVT in India. The Maruti Dzire also gets petrol and diesel automatics but the transmission is Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) which is much less refined than the CVT auto gearbox.
The AMTs are much more fuel efficientthan the CVT but they are not as smooth whereas the CVTsare much smoother but have less fuel efficiency. This gives an advantage to both the cars but for people who want a smooth automatic, the Amaze will be the choice.
Powerful diesel engine
The Honda Amaze will come powered by the same four-cylinder, 1.5-litre Earth Dreams diesel engine that will produce a similar 99 Bhp and 200 Nm torque. The engine was the segment’s most powerful engine when it came out and even today it is quite powerful. The Maruti Dzire is powered by the 1.3-litre Multijet engine sourced from Fiat. It generates a maximum power of 82 Bhp and 113 Nm.
The current version of Amaze returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 25.8 km/l, the new Amaze is expected to offer a similar mileage figure. The Dzire diesel engine, on the other hand, offers a maximum fuel efficiency of 28.4 km/l, which is highest in the segment. The Dzire petrol offers a maximum output of 82 Bhp – 113 Nm. The petrol engine of Amaze produces 89 Bhp – 110 Nm.
The Maruti Dzire comes with standard dual airbags across all the variants. It also gets ABS plus EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) with BA (Brake Assist) across all the variants. The new Amaze will get four airbags, ABS with EBD and Electronic Stability Control. The Amaze will also get dual airbags as standard in the base variant but the higher variants will get more airbags, making it safer.
Enthusiasts will love it
The Amaze will offer paddle shifters similar to the other cars from its line-up like the City and the Jazz. The paddle shifters will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options, which will keep the enthusiast drivers happy. Honda offers stepped -speed CVT automatics that can be controlled through the paddle shifters giving more control to the drivers. The Dzire AMT offers manual gear changes but they can be only changed via gear lever.
Even though the Dzire comes with a host of features like SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Amaze will offer a few more extra features over the Dzire. The Amaze will get cruise control, which is missing from the Dzire and also will get the Honda DigiPad that does not get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay but it gets many more apps, WiFi and internal memory. The Amaze will offer a slightly longer list of features than the Dzire.