As the rumor goes, Honda Car India is currently working on developing the next-generation model of the Amaze compact sedan. Recent media reports state that the Japanese automaker is in final stages of the vehicle development and is likely to showcase either the production ready avatar or the concept form at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The second generation Honda Amaze will be based on the current model’s platform which is also shared by the Honda Brio and the Honda Mobilio but will be a completely new vehicle in other aspects. Honda’s research and development base in Thailand is where this new Honda Amaze is being developed. Reports further state that the launch of the same will happen sometime during the second half of 2018, speculatively during the months of August or September. Also Read: Honda CR-V to come with a diesel engine soon

Honda recently provided a mid-life facelift to the Amaze in which it got a new front design along with a major overhaul given to its cabin. The next-gen Amaze’s competition will primarily be against the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire which recently got a generation update. Honda will strive towards creating the new Amaze as a tough contender for the new Dzire not only in terms of its design and features but also in terms of engine performance and fuel efficiency. It is speculated that the next-gen Honda Amaze could be more fuel economical than the new Dzire and also that Honda will launch the new Amaze ahead of the new Brio, just like Maruti did with the Dzire and Swift. Also Read: GST effect on cars: Hybrid cars like BMW i8, Toyota Camry & Honda Accord to get costlier by upto INR 45 lakh

After the City and Jazz, the Amaze is the third major driver for Honda Cars India’s sales in our country. Compared to the Brio, the compact sedan has gathered more buyers while the former never really picked up after the buzz at the initial stage. The new Honda Amaze is expected to carry forward the current model’s engine specifications, however it is speculated that the compact sedan might just get a more powerful version of the existing 1.5-litre diesel motor. Not only this, as competition boasts of (AMT) automatic gearboxes, Honda is too evaluating the prospect of introducing a cheap three-pedal tech as well. Also Read: Honda Cars India to manufacture 1.6-litre diesel engine for export

There will not be much of a difference in the prices of the next-generation Honda Amaze and the existing model. Prices are expected to fall in the range of INR 5.5 lakh to 8 lakh. It will continue to compete with the likes of Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.

Source: Car & Bike