Yes!! We all were waiting for this MPV eagerly and finally it has been launched in the Indian market today. I am talking about the Honda Mobilio MPV which was launched by the Japanese auto giant today.
The demand for the MPV’s suddenly picked up its pace and there are already some of the interesting products present in the Indian market, for we have the popular Toyota Innova which still sells like Hot cake or the recently launched Ertiga which has become the worthy competitor to the popular Innova and is from the house of one of the most popular and trustworthy car manufacturers of India Maruti Suzuki.
Now, we even saw Datsun who unveiled their new GO+ MPV, based on the GO hatchback which was recently launched in the Indian market, at a Motor Show in Indonesia. To keep the competition hot and to counter attack 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 their hatchback.
We already are quite aware of the fact that most auto manufacturers use the Indonesian platform to launch their MPVs as it is one of the most important MPV markets of the world. 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 sides and rear. It does a better job of setting itself apart, unlike the Datsun GO+ that looks like an elongated GO.
So let’s find out all the details of this new Mobilio MPV from the Japanese auto giant Honda and also find out whether it has what it takes to take on its rivals in the Indian market?
UPDATE 23/07/14 Honda launched their Mobilio MPV in the Indian market today with prices starting at Rs. 6.49 Lakhs (Ex Showroom Delhi).
Hit the jump to find out the details of the Honda Mobilio
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 or the Ertiga and honestly all the credit goes to the Honda designers who curved out an exciting design from the Brio hatch and also managed to make it look exclusive and different.
The front fascia of the Mobilio looks more aggressive and stylish than the Brio and the credit goes to the newly styled sporty looking bumpers which makes the front look even more attractive. The front sharp winged grille that has graced most Honda cars and is also present in this vehicle which proudly carries the Honda badge. However things start to get more interesting when you take a look at its side profile, 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 helps boost the look of the Mobilio, The Mobilio has even longer wheelbase and an increased height and ground clearance than the Honda Amaze saloon which is really important for a MPV afterall it has been built to carry more passengers inside.
The rear of the MPV possesses typical Honda styling, the tail lamps perfectly blended with the overall design of the rear, the little integrated roof spoiler and all other elements match perfectly to give the Mobilio its own unique identity.
However Honda played some clever tricks to save money, some of the panels and parts of the Brio MPV are borrowed straight from their Brio hatch but every auto manufacturer does that but it is the ultimate product that counts and we can surely say that Honda has done an excellent job in shaping their brand new MPV Mobilio.
The overall dimension of the vehicle has been provided below:
The MPV will offer a spacious cabin with three rows of seats that will carry 7 occupants inside. Honda has always been known for their clever designs and ability to extract maximum space from the interior of their cars, we have seen that in time of Amaze which offers an excellent amount of space for the passengers compared to its rival.
Honda has cleverly designed their new MPV too and created a stylish looking cabin which also offers enough space for all the occupants inside. The black dashboard on the Mobilio looks premium but many won’t like the fixed headrests on the front seats which obviously looks like another cost cutting method opted by Honda . The second row seats like its rivals too offers seating for 3 passengers and one has to slide the seats to get access to the last row seats. Now talkinmg about the last row seats, the last row seats offers enough space for 2 occupants, however push the second row seat all the way back and there is only little leg room left for the third row passengers.
Compared to the Honda Mobilio the Ertiga’s interiors might feel more comfortable to some, after all Ertiga has a longer wheelbase compared to the Mobilio and that’s answer all your queries. Still Honda has kept no stones unturned and provided all the basic amenities that one expects out of a MPV interior like big windows for all the occupants and a roof-mounted air-conditioning vent to cool the second and third row passengers.
Honda Mobilio is one massive MPV which will compete directly with other MPVs present in the Indian market because of its size Honda decided to fit the new Honda City petrol and diesel engines under its hood. Thus the new Mobilio is expected to be powered by the City’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which produces about 119 PS of peak power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4600 rpm, the engine will either be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission. The diesel engine would be the 1.5-liter i-DTEC producing 100 PS of peak power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm which is their only diesel engine available in the Indian market today. This new Diesel engine has been mated to a 6 speed gearbox.
2014 Honda Mobilio: Drivetrain Specification
|Engine||Type 4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC||4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC|
|No. of Valves||16||16|
|Power (ps @ rpm)||119 @ 6600||100 @ 3600|
|Torque (nm @ rpm)||145 @ 4600||200 @ 1750|
|Fuel Efficiency * (kmpl)||MT-17.8 (E), 17.4 (S, SV, V, VX) CVT-18.0||MT-26.0 (E, S, SV, V), 25.1 (VX)|
|Transmission||Manual 5 Forward & 1 Reverse||6 Forward & 1 Reverse|
The Prices of the Honda Mobilio variant has been provided below:
|Honda Mobilio||Price, ex Showroom Delhi|
|Mobilio E petrol||Rs 6.49 lakh|
|Mobilio S petrol||Rs 7.50 lakh|
|Mobilio V petrol||Rs 8.76 lakh|
|Mobilio E diesel||Rs 7.89 lakh|
|Mobilio S diesel||Rs 8.60 lakh|
|Mobilio V diesel||Rs 9.76 lakh|
|Mobilio RS diesel||Rs 10.86 lakh|
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 in the year 2012 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 which like already mentioned above generates more power than the Ertiga.
The Honda Mobilio is a tough package to beat. It has the aggressive styling that looks way better than most MPVs, present in the Indian market and a punchy motor under its hood. The interior too looks quite comfortable and can easily carry big family comfortably which will be the main concern for the buyers.
However the pricing will determine its fate in the Indian market because we already know that it comes with a comfortable interior way more powerful engine than its rival Ertiga and packed with Honda’s latest technology which gives it an extra edge over its rivals.
- Stylish looking Exterior Spacious Interior Powerful engine
- Third row seating Not yet available in the Indian market
Gallery Honda Mobilio
Honda Cars India launches mid-size stylish 7-seater MPV Honda Mobilio
Marks entry of Honda in the MPV segment in India
New Delhi, July 23, 2014: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in the country, today announced its entry into the MPV segment with the launch of its mid-size stylish 7-seater, Honda Mobilio. The car marks an evolution in the MPV segment by offering a unique combination of Sporty Exterior styling along with Space, Comfort and Utility in just the right size to suit the needs of Indian families. The Mobilio, with its strong desirable values, is set to expand the MPV segment and will appeal to diverse customer profiles from many vehicle segments. Honda Mobilio has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. located in Bangkok, Thailand following extensive market surveys in India on people’s driving needs and lifestyles. The Mobilio’s outstanding performance is achieved by 1.5L i-DTEC diesel and 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engines renowned for their best balance of exhilarating power and best in class mileage.
In order to appeal to younger audience who look for distinct styling along with comfort of a spacious MPV, the Mobilio will also be available in an exclusive sporty RS variant which has bolder and sportier exterior design than base grade. The deliveries for the Mobilio RS would begin from September 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Company and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia and Oceania region said “Honda has vast experience in offering a variety of premium MPVs to customers globally. Drawing from this varied experience, Honda engineers have used the same technological know-how and design philosophy to develop the Mobilio. India remains one of our key strategic markets in the region and I am confident that Mobilio will contribute significantly to HCIL growth in India.”
Focusing on the importance of Honda Mobilio for HCIL’s business, Mr. Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “The launch of Honda Mobilio follows the success of Honda Amaze and all-new City which led to our exceptional growth of 83% in the previous financial year. Our ultimate goal is to be the most trusted company in the country and we aim at not only creating great products but also offering an unparalleled experience to our customers. We are confident that Honda Mobilio will meet the needs as well as aspirations of our customers and help us expand the pride and joy of buying a Honda to a new set of customers.”
Honda Motor Company has a rich legacy of successful MPVs over the last 20 years with models like Odyssey, Step-wagon, Elysion and Freed in the global market with cumulative sales of over 5.5 million units till 2013. The Honda Mobilio, developed as a ‘stylish and highly competitive package’ is based on Honda’s DNA of sporty and exceptional value at an affordable price, with the highest quality and outstanding safety.
The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of the Mobilio, based on Honda’s latest Earth Dreams Technology, delivers a maximum power of 100 ps@3600 rpm, maximum torque of 200 Nm@1750 rpm and best in class fuel economy of 24.2 kmpl as per test data. It has been mated to the standard 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 L i-VTEC petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 119 ps@6600 rpm, maximum torque of 145 Nm@4600 rpm and best in class fuel economy of 17.3 kmpl. The Petrol Mobilio is equipped with standard 5-speed manual transmission. The grand concept of the Honda Mobilio is “Progressive Private Jetliner” with core elements of Show-off, Comfort and Assurance.
The exterior design concept of the Mobilio is “Dual-Solid Motion” creating the fusion of a dynamic body and glassy cabin. It incorporates a sporty stance which is expressed by the front grille, sharp spoiler and character line on the side. With its front and rear connected by a character line and the highlight of a lightning-bolt belt line that drops down from the middle pillar and improves visibility from the second and third row of seats, the Mobilio distinctively stands out in the MPV segment. The third-row window glass extends to cover the upper body and connecting to the tailgate glass, which contributes to the large, glassy-cabin feeling. The Mobilio’s R15 10 spoke alloy wheels feature a deeply sculpted surface that emphasizes toughness and sportiness with wing-shaped spokes which reflects a dynamic look.
Incorporating a bolder and sportier exterior design than base grade, the Mobilio RS comes with a dynamic front and rear bumper, Projector headlamps with LED position lamps, attractive & exclusive Alloy Wheel design, Sporty Chrome grille, Stylish Tailgate spoiler, side sill garnish, retractable ORVM with turn indicators and Chrome exterior door handles.
The Mobilio’s interior embraces a “prime comfort” theme ensured by wide seats, spacious leg room and a large trunk space. Maintaining the Honda design philosophy of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”, the sense of quality is reflected in every element of the interior design to provide the ultimate in space and comfort. The roomy cabin is like sitting in a private jet plane, reflected in the color scheme, silky-touch seat fabric, convenient storage and the largest possible space for enhanced passenger satisfaction. The Mobilio’s two-tone color scheme is in fresh rich beige, which is coordinated with an elegant black with silver trim for the arm rests, instrument panel and central console. The cockpit features concentrated high-functionality controls with luxurious silver trim to enhance driver satisfaction. Triple analog 3-dimensional combimeter and a wealth of other controls are at the driver’s fingertips, enhancing the convenience and pleasure of driving.
The concept of the Mobilio package is to offer a convenient and comfortable cabin room like a sedan. At 4386 mm long, 1683 mm wide & 1603 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2652 mm and mimimum turning radius of only 5.2m*, the Mobilio is highly maneuverable and convenient for city driving. Customers can be confident in the Mobilio’s best in class 189-mm ground clearance even when facing bad roads and stormy weather. (*For Petrol Variants)
For the Utility seeking customer, Mobilio provides one class above versatility. The 2nd Row seat is a 60:40 split fold-and-tumble type with slide & recline option so that customer can adjust the space as per his requirement. To provide comfort to all family members when they are together in the Mobilio, Honda has put considerable effort into using engineering design technology to ensure the third row of seats has sufficient legroom without a cramped feeling. The 3rd row seat is a 50:50 spilt folding type which can be reclined for extra comfort. Once fold flat, it can be quickly and conveniently tumbled forward to maximize the cargo space. Entry and exit for the third row is very convenient due to the newly-designed door line and the one-motion fold-down function of the second-row seat. The raised roof lining provides generous headroom for second-row and third-row passengers while creating enough space to include a rear air-conditioner panel.
The interiors have been made keeping the focus on proving Comfort, Convenience and Capacity. The door pockets have ample space to hold bottle holders and other utility items. Long armrests have been provided for comfort position and sufficient capacity to accommodate different luggage items. The angle and height of the Mobilio’s cargo area is optimized for user convenience while loading and unloading. The base cargo area for Mobilio is a generous 223 L which can be enhanced to 521L in the 3rd row fold configuration.
The Mobilio provides comfortable mobility in a wide variety of driving situations, from careful maneuvering in city traffic to relaxed cruising on highways. The car features a McPherson strut suspension in the front and H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension for stable road handling, excellent road holding ability and comfortable ride. The Electric Power Steering delivers easy steering at low speeds and stable steering at higher speeds for a natural, stress-free steering feel.
The Honda Mobilio’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision. The high-performance body makes extensive use of high tensile steel in key areas of the frame to enhance safety and collision force absorption. It also increases durability of body and floor to resist the force of the tumble seats in the second and third row. The Honda Mobilio also comes loaded with active and passive safety technologies including Front Dual SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) which prevents wheel lock during sudden braking, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which enhances braking performance, Pretentioner seat belts with load limiters and impact mitigating headrests. The ABS with EBD is being offered as standard across all Diesel variants. The front body structure of the Mobilio is equipped with Pedestrian injury mitigation technology designed to absorb impact energy.
The Mobilio is available in 3 grades offered in Petrol and Diesel variants – E, S and V with Manual Transmission. The sportier Mobilio RS grade will be available in Diesel.
Honda Mobilio will be available in seven exciting range of exterior colors – Brilliant Gold Metallic (New and exclusive), Carnelian Red Pearl, Majestic Blue Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Taffeta White and Crystal Black Pearl (exclusive to RS). It comes with a 2 years or 40,000 kms warranty as standard value for all customers. The Cost of Maintenance for the Honda Mobilio has been kept as lowest in its segment.
Honda Mobilio is being manufactured at HCIL’s facility in Greater Noida, U.P. with localisation level of more than 90%. The car has received an impressive response on pre-launch bookings which began on 8th July 2014 and the deliveries of Mobilio will begin from today through company’s vast distribution network of 179 dealers in 114 cities across the country. The deliveries for the Mobilio RS would begin from September 2014. HCIL is continuing to rapidly expand its dealer network which is likely to go up to 230 facilities in 150 cities by the end of 2014-15.