Amaze marks the first diesel car of Honda in India. Looking at the tilting dynamo of Indian automotive industry towards diesel variant, Honda was losing its sales on ground the unavailability of diesel engines in its Indian lineup. However, the Amaze then filled that gap very precisely for the Japanese carmaker, and bonding off boundaries the entry level sedan of Honda grossed 52,000 sales since its launch in April 2013, conveys a report in the leading Indian newspaper.
Just nine months, and 52k units sold, sounds like bliss for the carmaker to foray deeper into the Indian marker. Since then, the Honda also did global unveiling of City in India, and is planning to launch the diesel variant of it as well. However, the new City and Amaze will share the same diesel engine ‘1.5L i-DTEC’ worth of 99PS. It is said that, if all would go as planned then the new City will be the most fuel-efficient car in its segment.
Amaze returns approximately 20-22kmpl on an average, so the upcoming City is also expected to deliver that same sort of figure after launch.
The pricing of new City is not announced, and launch expected to happen in early 2014. Thus, it can be safely uttered that Amaze paved the way for upcoming diesel of Honda, which meanwhile we bet the Honda flagship model Accord the Civic is also been discontinued for that same reason (lack of diesel variant).