Honda is all set to launch the second-generation of its capable but slow selling Amaze in late 2018. Before its launch, the car will be showcased to the public at 2018 Auto Expo. The next-generation Amaze (codenamed: Honda 2UB) is also expected to come at a more affordable price compared to the existing model.
The second-gen Amaze is being readied at Honda R&D base in Thailand, development is almost complete at this stage. As expected, the car will share its platform with the Brio hatchback and Mobilio MPV, which is even shared by the current model on-sale here. Honda’s Tapukara facility in Rajasthan will be the global supply base for the car’s engines.
While it comes to engines, the upcoming Amaze will also receive a more powerful 1.5-litre diesel engine along with a petrol option. There has been no confirmation yet on whether the new subcompact sedan will be launched with an AMT gearbox. It looks likely that the AMT would arrive here later in its life-cycle.
The interior is expected to undergo a major change with better quality plastics and touchscreen infotainment system expected to feature in it. Honda is also planning on increasing the fuel efficiency, which at the moment is far from best-in-class. The car was given a facelift recently in April-2016, not contributing much to the sales of the original car.
The Amaze has its monthly sales aground 2,000-3,000 units, which is way behind the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and about as much as the rest of the pack. The next-gen Amaze is expected to launch before the Brio hatchback (codenamed: Honda 2UA) in India, and will lift its stagnant sales, which is not at all pleasing for a car of its class.
Since every rival has updated or launched a newer car in this segment, Honda should make sure the car should be priced well to pull back some volume from the Dzire.
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