The second-generation Honda Amaze makes its official debut at Auto Expo 2018 in India, and will go on sale there in FY 18-19. The new Amaze boasts a significant redesign, and continues to be positioned in the sub four-metre entry-level sedan segment.

Visually, the car incorporates many cues from recent Honda models. The bolder front fascia features a thick chrome bar grille inspired by the tenth-gen Civic, while the curvy reflector headlights of the first-gen model have also been ditched in favour of more angular units. Also part of the overhaul is a more subtle bumper, one that comes with smaller fog lamp enclosures.

The profile reveals a prominent horizontal character line originating from the headlights, progressing above the door handles. The A-pillars are more upright than before too, while less rakish C-pillars warrant a new shape for the side windows.

As for the rear, the new taillights now extend partly into the hatch, which does away with the chrome trim piece in favour of just the ‘H’ logo. The badges also get swapped around a bit, with the ‘Amaze’ now found in the upper left (previously upper right), while the engine type is in the lower right.

No interior photos yet, but expect a large number of changes similar to what’s going on with the exterior. The new Amaze was developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific located in Bangkok, Thailand, following extensive market surveys in India on people’s driving needs and lifestyles.

The first-gen Amaze (a sedan version of the Brio hatchback) can be had with a choice of two engines – a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel. While official specifications aren’t out yet, these two engine should be retained, albeit with a bump in efficiency/performance.