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Honda updates popular Amaze Sedan

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Honda's smallest offering, the Amaze, has received a host of updates to keep it fresh and competitive. First introduced in 2018, the Amaze has found great favour with buyers seeking plenty of practicality for not much financial outlay.

As before, two trim levels - Trend and Comfort - are available, both with a two-year/30 000 km service plan.

So, what's changed?

While the overall design remains untouched, the revised detailing gives the compact sedan a fresher look. Up front, the new front grille is the most obvious addition, giving the Amaze a more modern appearance. Alloy wheels are standard.

From the rear, a revised bumper with chrome accents and LED taillamps freshen up the look. Honda has also extended the colour options, the Amaze now available in Platinum White, Lunar Silver, Radian Red and Meteoroid Grey.

Inside, the previous two-tone beige/black upholstery is gone, replaced with a full-black interior. This, says Honda, enhances overall durability in the interior. Upmarket touches include Gloss piano black detailing on the dashboard. Standard equipment includes a multifunction steering wheel, USB, Bluetooth and AUX connectivity and a rear armrest. Safety wise, all Amaze models receive dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and ABS brakes with EBD.

Additionally, Comfort models receive LED headlamps and 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, along with climate control and a seven-inch touchscreen with a reverse camera. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The boot of the Amaze is capacious, offering up 420 litres of luggage space.

Performance wiese, the Amaze uses a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine which produces 66 kW and 110 Nm of torque. In the Trend model, this is available with a five-speed manual transmission, however, Comfort variants can be specified with a CVT.

Manual-equipped models sprint to 100 km/h in just 12.3 seconds, while CVT equipped models need 13.5 seconds. All models have a top speed of 150 km/h. Fuel economy is impressive, the CVT version sipping just 5.7 litres for every 100 km travelled. The manual model is slightly more frugal, with a claimed figure of 5.6 litres/100 km.

Amaze models receive a five-year/200 000 km warranty and a two-year/30 000 km service plan. A three-year AA Roadside Assistance package is also part of the standard price.

Pricing:

1.2 Trend: R209 100

1.2 Comfort: R234 700

1.2 Comfort CVT: R252 800

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