Cape Town - Honda’s second-generation Amaze, now sans the Brio badge, has been launched in South Africa, sporting a brand new look and roomier cabin, but still priced at the budget end of the spectrum, with the range starting at R179 900.
Clearly inspired by the latest Civic, the new Indian-built sedan has a more resolved look about it, although you could argue that it’s still a bit on the short and pudgy side. More importantly it has ‘grown up’ in every dimension, with length and width expanding by 5mm and 15mm respectively, but the big bonus is the 65mm wheelbase stretch that results in increased cabin space. Despite the shorter overhangs, boot space increases by 20 litres to a class-leading 420 litre capacity.
The Brio is built on a new platform that makes extensive use of high-strength steel, while enhanced sound-proofing and redesigned engine mounts reduce noise, vibration and harshness “substantially”, Honda claims.
The company’s familiar 1.2-litre normally aspirated four-pot carries over for cost reasons, but it’s perky for its size, producing 66kW at 6000rpm and 110Nm at 4800rpm, and getting the car from 0-100km/h in a claimed 12.3 seconds in the case of standard five-speed manual models, or 13.5 seconds if you ordered the Comfort CVT model.
The cabin has been redesigned, but there is no touch-screen infotainment on offer here, but buyers do get a conventional four-speaker sound system as standard.