Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol Review

Today I had the opportunity to drive a Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol and this is my review for Titanium version which is top of the line of the...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honda Amaze – Simply Amazing

The whole country was waiting for a diesel car from the stables of Honda. The first diesel car from the Japanese auto makers, Honda Cars India Ltd., a completely owned subsidiary of Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., was launched in the year 2013. Honda Amaze, an entry level sedan is designed on the same platform as Honda Brio and a lot of design cues have been taken from this hatchback.

The Amaze does not look sub-4m and the boot does not look short and is very well integrated with the lines of the car flowing from the nose over and into the C Pillar going way back over the wheel arch. The side profile with the strong character lines that sweep across the car from both ends give a distinctive look. From the front, the amaze is instantly recognizable as Brio with the tear drop headlamps. The grille looks different from the Brio and has twin slabs leaning upwards at the corners. The rear with the chrome strip running across the boot and the combination tail lamps end the car neatly. The wheels are 60 mm over the Brio to give the back seat passengers more space. The 400 l boot has ample space.
The interiors are identical to the Brio except for the amber glow on the instrument dial. The dual toned beige upholstery, the driver seat with the 50 mm height adjustment and a special heat absorbing wind shield that can lower the temperature by about 6 degrees, are the small differences seen in the Amaze. The top variant gets electric folding mirrors, alloy wheels and a basic trip computer.

The car is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of Amaze has a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which delivers a maximum power of 87 bhp and a peak torque of 115 Nm. The diesel cars get power from the 1.5 litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams engines. The diesel gives a maximum power of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The complete range of Amaze is available in 12 variants.
The engine is made of aluminum and this totally reduces the weight of the car. Ford has developed a new ultra-low viscosity oil that helps the car to be more efficient. The engine is equipped with 5-speed manual transmission system. The fuel efficiency of the petrol variant of the car is around 15 to 18 kmpl, and the diesel version gives an incredible mileage of 25.8 kmpl.

The car has been engineered keeping Indian roads in mind and comes in the price range of Rs. 5.25 lakh to Rs. 7.82 lakh.