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.