Experience Drive with Honda Amaze

I was invited to the Honda Amaze Experience Drive which happened in Bangalore few days back; and I must say it was just fantastic!!!

Before I start describing the drive, let me first thank the Honda India team for arranging this first-of-its-kind meetup which brings in the blogger community and the auto industry together under one roof. We could discuss a lot of stuffs about the cars and also hear on their road-maps. Great thought leadership by them and I would recommend them do this more often.

For folks, who aren’t aware of the car –

Honda Motor Company launched entry-level sedan Honda Amaze in India on 11th April 2013 which has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. located in Bangkok, Thailand. Honda Amaze is available in petrol and Diesel version. This car is being manufactured at the company’s facility in Greater Noida, with localisation level of more than 90 per cent. This will be a significant step for the company in India as it will be its first diesel car in India. The car will also be available with the 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine. Apart from being the company’s first diesel car in India, the Honda Amaze will also be slotted in that lucrative sub-four meter entry-level sedan segment, where it will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. Honda has plonked a new 1.5-litre oil burner on the Amaze. This engine gets the i-DTEC moniker and it is a derivative of the new 1.6-litre Civic diesel engine that just got launched in Europe recently. This is an all-aluminium engine and Honda also claims it to be the lightest. (Source – Wikipedia)

We were welcomed with a nice breakfast at Taj Vivanta, where we could also spot all the cars which were lined up for us. After the initial bit of introductions and presentations, we were given these cars to drive and then share our feedback.  I had a chance to explore the Petrol variant of the Honda Amaze.

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Here is the car which we were driving. At the first look, it looked really stylish. The exterior styling of Honda Amaze is smooth and strong with distinctive character lines from front to rear which ensures strong road presence even with compact dimensions. The two character lines smoothly integrate the Front Dynamic Image and Rear Elegant Design. The Front Grille design concept and aerodynamic body color bumper emphasize the sporty image of the car and its wider shape and concave cut profile provides a premium image.

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When I got inside the car, I could see a lot of space in it. The grand concept of the all new Honda Amaze is Smart Micro Limousine which reflects values of stylish design, compactness, maneuverability and class leading space. With me being about 6 feet tall, I easily pulled my driver’s seat really behind and still, the person sitting in the rear seat had enough leg-room and that’s certainly a big plus. The interiors were slick as well. It was neatly made and the seats were very comfortable too. One of the USPs of Honda cars is its less-noise inside the car; and trust me, this was no different. Without the AC running, you aren’t sure if the engine is actually turned on or not. Truly impressive.

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We hit the roads and the entire drive was sooooper smooth. We were the first one to reach the destination and were waiting for others to join in, while we sip a cup of Coffee. “:)

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It was a great picturesque drive with some fantastic landscapes to click.

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Some close-up shots of the cars which was lined up!

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And we got our prize to clock the best mileage on a Petrol variant of Honda Amaze. We clocked a 16.5 KM Per Litre riding on both high-way and inside city.

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