Interestingly, the Amaze no longer features the Brio nameplate (following the lead of its chief rival, the Suzuki DZire, which dropped the Swift moniker in this latest generation).
As before, the Amaze range in South Africa comprises three derivatives, each powered by the Japanese automaker’s familiar (naturally aspirated) 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
The Amaze 1,2 Trend is priced at R179 900, while the Amaze 1,2 Comfort comes in at R193 900 (both models employ a five-speed manual gearbox). The self-shifting Amaze 1,2 Comfort CVT, meanwhile, tops the range at R208 900, and employs a continuously variable transmission rather than the conventional torque-converted used by its forebear.
The 1,2-litre iVTEC engine now makes 66 kW and 110 N.m outputs (each up a single unit), and has been tweaked for efficiency.
In South Africa, four exterior paint hues will be offered: Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, White Orchid and Radiant Red.
Honda says the Amaze sedan runs on an “all-new platform”, claiming the sedan boasts a “spacious interior”. It draws some styling inspiration from the likes of the latest Civic and BR-V, mimicking its larger siblings’ chrome-heavy facia.
Round back, though, the new model does away the first-generation’s chrome trim (although, in SA, you can add chrome garnish as an accessory) in favour of a simpler, cleaner look, with the taillamps now extending into the bootlid.