With the auspicious and festive season of Diwali coming up, many people across India are getting ready to welcome home a new car. Obviously, automakers are well aware of this and there are loads of new and exciting launches slated during this period. The latest of these to go on sale is the new Honda Amaze Special Edition. Priced from Rs 7.00 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new Special Edition of the Amaze has been specifically released in anticipation of the festive shopping spree. As with many of these ‘special edition’ trims, the donor variant is already out on sale in the market. Therefore, much of the outer husk and internal paraphernalia between these two vehicles are shared. In the case of the Amaze’s Special Edition, that donor is the mid-spec S trim.
In total, there are four variants of the new Honda Amaze Special Edition on offer. Each costs Rs 12,000 more than its respective S trim donor. As with the run-of-the-mill Amaze S, the new Special Edition units are also available with either a petrol or diesel engine and with either a manual gearbox or CVT. The cost of the entry-level petrol-powered Amaze Special Edition (manual) is Rs 7.00 lakh, whilst the automatic variant starts at Rs 7.90 lakh. On the other hand, the cost of the diesel-powered Amaze Special Edition (manual) is Rs 8.30 lakh, with the automatic coming in at Rs 9.10 lakh. For the little extra money that you pay at the dealership, Honda gives you quite the bang for your buck.
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Before we get to the features available on the new Honda Amaze Special Edition, here is a little perspective. The standard S trim comes equipped with keyless entry, power-adjustable & folding wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, a multi-functional steering wheel with tilt-adjustment, and a 2-DIN audio system with four speakers. These are further bolstered by safety add-ons such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child-seat anchor points, anti-glare rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, and impact-sensing door unlock system. On top of all these, the new Special Edition of the Amaze gets some fancy body decals on the doors and a must-have ‘Special Edition’ badge on the trunk lid. Nice additions if you are into this type of ‘customizations’, but these probably cost Honda about 50 bucks to implement.
Once you step inside the cabin, you get better proof of where your 12 grand actually went. First, you will be greeted with a more premium-looking beige seat covers and a sliding front armrest. Both of these do add some extra levels of comfort and convenience. However, the pièce de résistance here comes in the form of a nice and useful 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit with support for Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Well done, Honda India. The rest of the interior is pretty much identical to the standard S trim, so you will still find hard plastic in several places. The diesel engine is now quieter than when it was first launched, courtesy of more sound-proofing. But, the petrol engine is still the one that feels more refined and is a treat to rev out. The Amaze continues to offer good ride quality and remains fairly planted at higher speeds, too.
The Honda Amaze Special Edition’s petrol motor is a 1.2-litre four-popper that makes 89hp of power and 110Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the four-cylinder diesel engine puts out 99hp of power and 200Nm of torque when it is paired with the 5-speed manual gearbox. However, if you want the convenience of the CVT along with the diesel engine in the Amaze, be ready to lose some grunt under the hood. In its diesel-CVT avatar, the Honda Amaze is tuned to produce only 79hp and 160Nm of maximum torque. At the end of the day, the Amaze diesel will provide you with more torque and better mileage, whereas the i-VTEC is the more refined motor and is a hoot to redline. If you buy the Honda Amaze Special Edition, you will also get a 3-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
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