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Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Amazed" or "DZired" - The Real Question



With much fanfare Honda Cars India created history with the launch of its much awaited Sub 4 Meter Sedan, "Amaze". For the first time "Honda" globally has ventured into Diesel segment and came up with 1.5L Diesel Engine especially for Indian Market.

In recent times preference for Diesel Cars has shot up so rapidly that they represent close to 40% of Maruti's Total monthly sale. The same is true for the Hyundai's sale with Diesel Cars contributing approx. 30% of the overall sales. 

Coming back to the new launch, Honda has Priced "Amaze" quite competitively in direct competition Maruti's DZire which is by large the highest selling model in it's catagory with monthly sales of 15K.

Below is the quick Technical Comparison. Not touched are the Features on both the cars which in any case should be of secondary influence while making a decision.




Maruti DZire Diesel
Honda Amaze Diesel
What’s it all About
Type
DDiS Diesel Engine
4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC
Maruti has a proven Power House; Honda will have hard time proving the reliability   of its very First Diesel Engine.
Displacement(CC)
1248
1498
Though Equal Capacity Engine for Petrol, Diesel engine capacity is 250 CC more than that of Maruti's.
No. of Valves
16
16

Power (ps @ rpm)
75@4000
100 @ 3600
Bigger Engine generates more HPs and yes at lower rpms adding to driving comfort.
Torque (nm @ rpm)
190@2000
200 @ 1750
More Torque again at lower rpms, much to an advantage to Honda
Manual
5 Forward & 1 Reverse
5 Forward & 1 Reverse

Automatic
NA
NA

Overall Length (mm)
3995
3990
Though an iota of difference in Length, Breath & Height but Honda's Amaze is all shorter than Maruti's DZire including the Wheelbase
Overall Width (mm)
1695
1680
Overall Height(mm)
1555
1505
Wheelbase (mm)
2430
2405
Ground Clearance (mm)
170
165
Low Ground Clearance much to the disadvantage to Amaze.
Kerb Weight MT (kg)
1050(Ldi),1060(Vdi), 1080(Zdi)
1060(E),1065(EX),1075(S,VX)

Kerb Weight AT (kg)

-

Gross Vehicle Weight
1505


Tyre Size
165/80R14(Lxi/Vxi/Ldi/Vdi) - 185/65R15(Zxi/Zdi)
175/65 R14
With same Rim Size at 14" Amaze comes with an advantage of  broader tyres for better stability
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
42
35
Bigger the Better
Seating Capacity
5
5

Boot Space (Litres)
360
400

Type
Rack & Pinion Type - Electric Power Steering with Tilt
Collapsible Electric Power Steering

Turning RadiusMT (m)
4.8
4.7
 Lesser the Better
Turning Radius AT (m)
4.8
-

Front
McPherson Strut
McPherson Strut

Rear
Torsion Beam
Torsion Beam

Front
Ventilated Disc
Disc

Rear
Drum
Drum





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