We recently saw Datsun unveil their new GO+ MPV, based on the GO hatchback, at a Motor Show in Indonesia, to keep the competition hot. To counter attack from the revived brand, Honda unveiled the Mobilio that follows the footsteps of most MPVs like the Ertiga and the GO+, by borrowing the platform and looks from an hatchback.
Most manufacturers use the Indonesian platform to launch their MPVs as it is one of the most important MPV markets in the world. So let’s find out how does this new MPV from Honda fare against the rest of the MPVs that are present in the market.
The Honda Mobilio will be the first model from Honda that will compete in the low priced MPV segment, which happens to be the best selling category in Indonesia. Although the front face looks a bit similar to the Honda Brio, things look different as soon as you set your sight to its side and rear. It does a better job of setting itself apart, unlike the Datsun GO+ that looks like an elongated GO.
UPDATE 29/10/2013 We’ve attached a video that takes an in-depth closer look at the anticipated MPV from the big H.
UPDATE 29/01/2014 The Japanese carmaker Honda has released another video of the compact Brio based MPV.
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Honda has announced that the Mobilio will compete in the low cost MPV category. But, to be honest, this MPV does not look cheap at all. In fact the exterior styling looks far better and more appealing than the Datsun GO+ MPV and the Ertiga.
The front fascia of the Mobilio looks more aggressive and stylish than even the Brio. The front sharp winged grille that has graced most Honda s is also present in this vehicle which proudly carries the Honda badge. The newly styled sporty looking bumpers makes the front look more attractive. Things starts to get more interesting when you take a look at the side profile. The Mobilio has an even a longer wheelbase and an increased height and ground clearance than the Honda Amaze saloon.
The side profile of the MPV looks stylish with a new broad window line which clearly suggests that this MPV has a spacious interior, the huge wheel arches also help boost the look of the Mobilio.
It definitely is one of the best looking MPVs that money can buy.
Honda hasn’t let anyone inside the Mobilio, which leaves a question mark on its interior design. But, from what the sketches and pictures show, it is quite clear that the MPV will offer a spacious cabin with three rows of seats that will probably carry 7 occupants inside.
If you really want to know how the interior looks like, picture the Brio’s interior with an extra row of seat. Coming to think of it, it should look good.
The Mobilio will be equipped with a 1498cc i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder diesel motor which generates 96.6bhp of maximum power and which will deliver instant throttle responses and plenty of torque. However, we’re doubtful if the Mobilio will be able to tug 7 occupants seamlessly. Honda also claims that this engine will not only provide impressive power but also will deliver impressive fuel economy too.
Honda hasn’t dropped any word on whether they’ll offer the impressive i-DTEC engine that was first introduced in the Amaze. With the i-DTEC Amaze selling in volumes, Honda might be compelled to plant it in the Mobilio too, for the Indian Market.
When Honda will launch the Mobilio, it will face some tough competition from the segment leading Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga.
The Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga was launched a year ago and in no time has already won many hearts with its well finished interior and stylish exterior. It is powered by the Fiat-derived 1248cc DDiS engine which suffers a bit of turbo lag and sometimes feels strained too. But, it can be expected that the new Honda Mobilio will not face the same problem, thanks to its powerful and frugal 1.5-liter engine under its hood.
The Honda Mobilio is a tough package to beat. It has the aggressive styling, that looks way better than most MPVs, and a punchy motor under its hood. The Mobilio will surely be a hit as soon as it lands in our market next year. Honda will definitely price the Mobilio aggressively when they will launch it in the Indian market.
Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), Honda’s automobile manufacturing and sales joint venture in Indonesia, today exhibited the world premiere of a prototype of Honda Mobilio, the new multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) developed exclusively for Asian markets, at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show held in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 19 through 29, 2013. Other Honda vehicles on display include the Brio Satya, which will qualify for the Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program implemented by the Indonesian government.
The Honda Mobilio will be Honda’s first model to be introduced in the lower priced MPV category, which is the best-selling category in the automobile market in Indonesia. Honda developed this model based on the research conducted in Indonesia regarding local road and weather conditions, and customer needs. While offering a spacious cabin space with a three row seat configuration for seven occupants, the Honda Mobilio features a compact-sized body fitting the general size of parking spaces in Indonesia which are of less than 4.4 m in length. Moreover, taking local road surface conditions into consideration, the Honda Mobilio features a ground clearance as high as 185mm, which is equivalent to the ground clearance of SUVs while achieving nimble driving performance. Equipped with a 1.5L i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder gasoline engine, the Honda Mobilio will go on sales realizing both excellent driving performance and fuel economy. Production will be at the second plant of HPM which will become operational in January 2014 in the Karawang region of Indonesia.