Honda Cars India recently launched Amaze restyling. The Japanese manufacturer is now working on the methane version of Amaze. The new variant of the compact sedan was recently spotted in tests without any camouflage.
We can see that there are no cosmetic changes to the Amaze CNG. There is an “ON TEST” sticker on the front windshield and rear glass. There is also an emissions test kit fitted to the rear of the Amaze. We expect Amaze CNG to be launched in the coming months.
It appears that the test variant is the mid-range S variant. Honda is unlikely to offer CNG with the high-end variant and we don’t know if the base variant will come with CNG or not. Usually, manufacturers only offer the CNG variant with the mid-range variant.
The Amaze CNG would come with a petrol engine. It would be the same 1.2-liter naturally aspirated, four-cylinder. It produces 90 hp of maximum power and 110 Nm of maximum torque. However, when running on natural gas, the power and torque delivered will decrease.
Honda offers the Amaze with a 5-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic transmission. The CNG variants will only be offered with a manual gearbox. The Amaze is the only compact sedan in the segment that is offered with a suitable automatic transmission. The rest of the competitors are offered with an AMT gearbox. Furthermore, Amaze is the only compact sedan equipped with a CVT transmission paired with a diesel engine.
The diesel engine is a 1.5-liter unit shared with the Honda City. It produces 100hp of maximum power and 200Nm of maximum torque. However, when you get the CVT gearbox, the power is reduced to 80 PS and the torque output is limited to 160 Nm. That said, people who have opted for this combination share that they do not feel the lack of power.
Amaze prices start at Rs 6.32 lakh ex showroom and go up to Rs 11.15 lakh ex showroom. Amaze CNG prices are expected to start around 7.5 lakh rupees ex-showroom if based on the mid-range variant.
Amaze CNG will compete with Maruti Suzuki Dzire CNG and Tata Tigor CNG. Both vehicles were spied while they were being tested on our roads.
People who consider CNG vehicles
The prices of gasoline and diesel have risen significantly in recent years. People are now seriously considering alternative fuel options. They still have doubts about electric vehicles because they are expensive, have limited range and the charging infrastructure in India is not ready. This is where CNG vehicles make a lot of sense. CNG stations are now available in most cities and also on motorways. Even if you run out of methane, your car can run on gasoline and finding a gas pump is no problem. In addition, CNG vehicles are more fuel efficient than petrol engines.