Honda has launched the updated 2020 Amaze subcompact sedan in India priced from INR 6.09 lac. Both petrol and diesel engine versions have been upgraded to meet the BS-VI emission standards.
The petrol engine is the 1.2 liter i-VTEC which develops 90hp and 110Nm whereas the diesel engine is 1.5 liter i-DTEC with 100hp and 200Nm, both equipped with 5-speed manual as well as CVT gearbox options. The Amaze is also the first BS-VI compliant diesel model by Honda in India.
Honda has upgraded the 1.5 liter turbo-diesel engine by adding what it calls NSC (NOx Storage Catalyst) and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Honda’s original Silver Thin Coated DPF enables reduction of Particulate Matter combustion time by 40% compared to conventional DPF.
Apart from the engine upgrades there is no change to the features, equipment or appearance of the Amaze sedan. It comes available in four variants – E, S, V and VX – all of which get dual front airbags, ABS, Isofix child-seat mounts and rear parking sensors as standard. The top-spec VX trim gets equipment such as a 7.0-inch infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen, GPS with turn-by-turn navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, reversing camera, steering-mounted voice controls and cruise control.
The Amaze is one of Honda’s most successful products in India. Its cumulative sales since it was first introduced in 2013 stands at 3.9 lac units, whereas the current 2nd generation model accounts for 1.3 lac units since it was launched in May 2018. In June 2019, sales of 2nd gen Amaze surpassed 100,000 units recording the fastest 1 lac sales milestone by any new model by Honda in India. The Amaze also holds a 4-star Global NCAP safety rating.