The upcoming Honda Mobilio MPV has hit the test production line at the Japanese car maker’s Greater Noida facility, off New Delhi. The MPV will be the first such product from Honda for the Indian car market. The Mobilio will be launched in July 2014 and the MPV will go head to head against the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The Mobilio has already made its debut in Indonesia and India will be the second major market for the Honda MPV.
The Mobilio is based on the Honda Brio platform and is the third such car to use this platform in India, with the other two cars being the Brio hatchback and the Amaze compact sedan. As is the case with the likes of the Brio and the Amaze, the Mobilio will feature a high amount of localization. It is this focus on heavy localization that is expected to give the MPV a sharp price tag in India.
The Mobilio MPV is a 7 seater and comes with a length of just under 4.4 meters, which makes it longer that its arch-rival, the Ertiga. The MPV will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol motor (117 Bhp-146 Nm) borrowed from the Honda City and the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) from the Amaze and City will be the two engine options on the car.
A five speed manual gearbox will be standard on both the petrol and turbo diesel engines of the Mobilio. While the Mobilio is sold with a CVT automatic gearbox in Indonesia, it remains to be seen whether Honda opts to use the 7 speed step shift CVT automatic option borrowed from the City sedan, on the Mobilio. The Mobilio is likely to be slightly pricier than the Maruti Ertiga. A starting price in the whereabouts of 7 lakh rupees may be expected for this MPV.
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