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12 November 2012

Diesel power for the new Honda 'Amaze'

Honda's baby sedan will be its first offering to carry a diesel engine in India

Amaan Ahmed
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We've always loved the rev-friendly and efficient petrol engines that power Honda's cars, but these days, us Indians are tremendously obsessed with diesels. Finally, after years and years of waiting, Honda has answered our prayers by officially announcing the name of its upcoming diesel-engined Brio sedan.

Along with a teaser image, Honda has named its Brio-based saloon the 'Amaze'. An Asia-specific model, the Amaze will be powered not just by a petrol engine, but also by Honda's newly developed, first-ever diesel engine for the Indian market which it claims will boast of class-leading fuel efficiency figures. Honda stresses on the "space and comfort" factor of the Amaze, and mentions how its aspirations to "amaze" customers with the car's diverse values eventually led to the 'Amaze' name being finalized.

The Amaze will make its way to India sometime next year after its Thailand launch later this month, and will compete with the likes of the Maruti Swift DZire, Tata Manza, Mahindra Verito and the Nissan Sunny among others. Expect it to be priced aggressively, with the model range starting at around Rs 7-8 lakh as Honda aims to bring down costs further with intensive localisation.

With the company being such a hit in India with its petrol offerings alone, do you think a diesel-engined Brio sedan is reason enough for its rivals to be seriously worried? We're all ears, TopGear.commers.

Tags: honda, brio, brio sedan, amaze, honda diesel



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