The Honda Amaze is finally out. Pablo Chaterji drives it for the first time in India.
"This is odd," I thought to myself, as I started up the Amaze in the parking lot of a hotel in Goa.
The car shook ever so slightly as the engine turned over, and then it settled into a bit of a clattery thrum, which intruded into the cabin.
If you've driven a car from Honda, you will have gotten used to cabins that are almost eerily silent, so to hear (gasp!) engine noise in a Honda cabin was a new experience.
The noise is, of course, easily explained - unless you're driving a high-end sedan, a diesel engine makes you aware of its presence, and the i-DTEC unit idling under the hood is Honda's first diesel powerplant in India.
About time, too - once the market leader, Honda sales have taken a beating because of the lack of a diesel option in the lineup.
Text: Pablo Chaterji
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