Relax North America, the Honda Amaze (or Honda Brio Amaze in Thailand) is not slated to come to the USA anytime soon. This baby packs a 90 horsepower, 1.2-liter i-VTEC that’s either hooked up to a five-speed manual or a CVT. The Honda Amaze should get about 47 mpg (U.S.) and should hold up to five people. The main draw for the Honda Amaze is its price which should be well under $18,000 U.S.
For small, emerging markets – that’s a bargain for a new Honda.Think of the Honda (Brio) Amaze as a smaller, less utilitarian, cheaper Honda Fit. The one pictured is a sedan version of the five-door hatchback. I don’t know about you, but I see a cross between an old Toyota Echo and a Chevy Aveo Sedan. Fortunately, the lines are less perplexing than the aforementioned.
What drew me to this story was the potential for a cheap Honda for our market. I mean, even the Honda Fit fetches nearly $20,000 for a logically optioned model. Something like the Honda Amaze, which would fetch the equivalent of $17,000 in more expensive, overseas markets, could have challenged the Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Spark in our market for cheapest base prices.
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