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Old 13th January 2015, 12:24   #1
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Default Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!

Honda Cars India has launched all-new top variant trims for it's Amaze compact sedan and the Brio hatchback. An AVN package and a refreshed speedometer display (Advanced White illumination Speedometer with Blue gradation) have been added to the all-new top variants of both cars.

The Amaze VX (O) trim comes with:
An AVN package,
A tweaked speedometer display, and
Power-folding wing mirrors (ORVMs)
+ the features already available on the VX.

Similarly, the Brio gets a VX (manual and automatic) trim which has:
An AVN package,
All-black interiors,
A tweaked speedometer display, and
Power-folding wing mirrors (ORVMs)
+ the features already available in the VMT.

Also, the SX and higher variants of the Amaze see the additions of two extra features - power-folding wing mirrors & a rear defogger.

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The newly introduced Audio Video Navigation system features a large 15.7 cm Touch Screen loaded with maps, satellite-based voice guided navigation, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features (DVD/CD, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, i-POD, MP3, FM/AM) that make the user’s travel safe, convenient, smart and fun. The system comes with an integrated Bluetooth communication function that lets the user sync their phone with it and implement functions on screen including dialing, answering, history, address book and Bluetooth music play. The built-in navigation featuring intuitive and suggestive keyboard allows the user to search locations and helps to reach their destination conveniently.


Official Prices:


Honda Amaze VX (O) MT Petrol: Rs 7,32,000/-

Honda Amaze VX (O) MT Diesel: Rs 8,20,500/-

Honda Brio VX MT Petrol: Rs 5,99,000/-

Honda Brio VX AT Petrol: Rs 6,78,400/-

(all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)


SOURCE - Official Honda India Press Release
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Power-folding wing mirrors (ORVMs)
+ the features already available on the VX.
But the VX too had Power folding ORVMs. Atleast the petrol variant did. Did they remove this feature from VX?
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Still no ACC or rear wash and wipe.

They've just hiked the Brio prices by 50,000 with the addition of these features.

These were the old prices (Delhi):
Brio VX MT : Rs. 551,500
Brio VX AT : Rs. 630,900

The market already perceives the Brio as overpriced, and Honda reacts by hiking the prices further. I think Honda is back to their high and mighty days.
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That much money for a navigation-enabled HU and electric-folding ORVMs? I'm not even considering the Maruti-esque speedometer tweak and interior color combo option as 'features'. What are Honda smoking?

P.S. All this craziness just makes me think they're going to mess up pricing for the Jazz again, given their (grossly) misplaced sense of what minor feature upgrades are worth.
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A more contemporary & classier dash design is the main negative of the Brio/Amaze. The sooner Honda looks into that, far better will be its prospects in the market.
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I just hope it isn't the buggy system we saw in the pre-launch Mobilios (same dashboard). If anyone is planning to buy this variant of the Brio / Amaze, please be sure to test the AVN thoroughly before booking.

Fact is, you can get much better head-units at a cheaper price in the aftermarket.

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Press cars were kitted with an aftermarket-feeling touchscreen headunit. It suffered too many bugs: sluggish to operate, excessive glare making the screen unreadable and more. Honda's ditched this HU:
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Has the price rise got to do with the raise in excise duty or is it due to the upgrades alone?

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That much money for a navigation-enabled HU and electric-folding ORVMs?
P.S. All this craziness just makes me think they're going to mess up pricing for the Jazz again, given their (grossly) misplaced sense of what minor feature upgrades are worth.
True. Very weird pricing just for the HU & electric-folding ORVMs. They have a 6" screen & don't throw in a Reverse Parking camera to go with it for that price difference? C'mon Honda, what were you thinking/smoking?

Seems they are taking the mass market route very seriously & trying to milk customers with their reputation/badge value with these minor upgrades

on the Jazz part. Really hope they don't mess it up but losing hope with the recent developments from Honda.

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I just hope it isn't the buggy system we saw in the pre-launch Mobilios (same dashboard).
Good heads-up GTO for potential buyers of this trim. First look at the pictures of that HU it self feels so cheap. Hope they just didn't fix the bugs on the units that were sourced & introduced them now as new variants.

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Good heads-up GTO for potential buyers of this trim. First look at the pictures of that HU it self feels so cheap. Hope they just didn't fix the bugs on the units that were sourced & introduced them now as new variants
My fears are confirmed.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-avn.jpg

Source: http://www.hondacarindia.com/Amaze%2...t%20Video.html

Can only hope they changed the plastic quality & fixed all the bugs.

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All this in response to Zests success? (and features)? no matter, all the competition is good for the end user.
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Honda Amaze VX (O) MT Petrol: Rs 7,32,000/-

Honda Amaze VX (O) MT Diesel: Rs 8,20,500/-

Honda Brio VX MT Petrol: Rs 5,99,000/-

Honda Brio VX AT Petrol: Rs 6,78,400/-

(all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)


SOURCE - Official Honda India Press Release


The Amaze VX petrol is 8k more than Zest 90ps XT diesel!

Prices also seem about 50k more than the Xcent variants. (No touchscreen on offer, but is also feature loaded). Rather than improving on the perceived quality- the have added features and hiked prices even more.
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But the VX too had Power folding ORVMs. Atleast the petrol variant did. Did they remove this feature from VX?
Official press release says "newly designed wing mirrors", so the power-folding ORVMs are of a different design now, than before. They look more like the City's ORVM design (but smaller), than the present simple-designed ones.

In addition, the Brio VX is also available in the default dual-tone interior format as well.

Details of the upgrades from Honda India's site:


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BRIO

New features circled in yellow.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled.jpg

The "new" speedo and the differently-designed ORVMs, yellow-ed.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled5.jpg

The all-black interiors and the AVN system.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled2.jpg

The new all-black interiors.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled4.jpg

Official brochure showing the newest top variant, VX BL.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled3.jpg




AMAZE

The new AVN system and speedo, circled in green.
Honda launches new top variants for the Amaze and Brio!-untitled6.jpg

All the Amaze variants in detail.
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Official brochure showing the newest top variant, VX (O).
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In addition, there is an official video detailing the all-new interiors of the Amaze:

http://www.hondacarindia.com/Amaze%2...t%20Video.html
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Rage is all that I feel when I see the words "all-new". Who are they trying to cheat with these cheap upgrades? I am pretty sure that the first batch of cars will be fitted with the AVN units overstocked and lying in their Mobilio production line.

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All this in response to Zests success? (and features)? no matter, all the competition is good for the end user.
It is definitely in response to Zest and as you said end customer will benefit. Zest HU also includes voice commands, i hardly press any buttons while driving. I use voice commands to change music tracks, call people etc

I still don't understand how people still buy amaze with such ugly dash

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I dont think it is logical to compare the dashboard of Amaze to that of Tata Zest. The amaze one looks like a straight lift from a mini commercial truck or a mini passenger carrier if too optimistic.. The zest one looks real premium and upmarket for sure.
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I dont think it is logical to compare the dashboard of Amaze to that of Tata Zest. The amaze one looks like a straight lift from a mini commercial truck or a mini passenger carrier if too optimistic.. The zest one looks real premium and upmarket for sure.

Now, that's something I'd have never expected to read in my life but kudos to Tata for beating the Honda product fair and square at a lesser price point.
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