Honda is working on the next generation of the Amaze in Japan. The compact sedan will differ from the current version as it will have reworked interiors and exteriors. The next-gen model is India-bound and is likely to be launched here by mid-2018.
The Autocar Professional reports that a number of safety features would be added in the next-gen Amaze in order to comply with the soon-to-come stringent safety norms. The Government of India has announced that it has taken tough measures to boost the safety in cars, especially during front collision. These norms will be applicable from 01 October 2017 for all new models, and from 01 October 2019 for other existing models.
Honda has already announced that it will be employing dual front airbags as standard in all its variants from April 2017. “Vehicle safety is a top priority for us at Honda. All Honda cars sold in India have the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure which ensures structural rigidity and integrity of the body shell of the car, in case of collision,” said Mr. Katsushi Inoue, president and CEO of Honda Cars India, at an occasion. We can expect Honda to equip top variants of the next-gen Amaze with safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR).
Honda has sold 1,96,032 units of the Amaze since its launch in 2013. The carmaker recently introduced a facelift with upgraded interiors and exteriors. Some important additions include automatic climate control and a new dual-theme dashboard. The car rivals the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, the Tata Zest, the Ford Figo Aspire, the Hyundai Xcent, and the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo (check our comparison). The Amaze starts at a price of Rs. 5.29 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).