Honda has launched the Mobilio MPV in India. The Mobilio is the third product to roll out from the Brio platform and is the largest among the trio, with a length of 4,386 mm and a wheelbase of 2,652 mm. Available with petrol and turbo diesel engine options, the 7 seat Mobilio is Honda’s first foray into the Indian MPV market. Currently, the MPV is available in six variants with three trims – E, S and V, spread across both the petrol and diesel engine options.
The Mobilio’s petrol variants start at 6.49 lakh rupees while the diesel variants start at 7.89 rupees, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures. The MPV will see the addition of a RS variant in September. The RS variant of the Mobilio will get a body kit on the outside and additional features on the inside. The RS variant will be offered on the Mobilio Diesel.
Ex-showroom Delhi prices of the various Mobilio variants are listed below:
- E – Petrol 6.49 lakh rupees and Diesel 7.89 lakh rupees
- S – Petrol 7.50 lakh rupees and Diesel 8.60 lakh rupees
- V – Petrol 8.76 lakh rupees and Diesel 9.76 lakh rupees
- RS – Diesel 10.76 lakh rupees
The monocoque Mobilio is aimed directly at the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and sits a cut below the likes of ladder frame MPVs such as the Mahindra Xylo and the Toyota Innova, both in terms of interior space on offer and exterior dimensions. The Mobilio is designed to offer buyers a car-like drive with the utility of a seven seater. All diesel variants of the Mobilio get ABS+EBD as standard fare while twin airbags are offered on the V and RS Diesel variants. The S and V petrol variants of the Mobilio get ABS+EBD while the V variant also gets twin airbags.
The petrol variants of the Mobilio feature a naturally aspirated-4 cylinder 1.5 liter i-VTEC motor borrowed from the Honda City. This engine outputs 117 Bhp-145 Nm and is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. The engine is rated at an ARAI certified 17.3 Kmpl. Though Honda sells the Mobilio Petrol with a CVT automatic gearbox, such an option isn’t in the pipeline for the Indian market anytime soon. Interestingly, this stance of the Japanese automaker makes the Mobilio the only Honda car in India that isn’t offered with an automatic gearbox.
The diesel powered version of the Mobilio uses the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder i-DTEC turbocharged motor, known for its turbo-lag free performance and excellent fuel efficiency. The all-aluminium turbo diesel engine outputs 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm with an ARAI rated 24.2 Kmpl fuel efficiency. A five speed manual gearbox is standard fare. The all-aluminium turbo diesel engine, derided for its noisy clatter on the Amaze, feels more refined with acceptable levels of noise, vibration and harshness on the Mobilio. Honda has made progress in this area by adding more sound deadening material.
The Mobilio gets a 2 year/40,000 kilometers standard manufacturer warranty and comes in 7 colours. The top-end V and RS variants of the MPV get sliding middle rows. The Mobilio is built at Honda’s Greater Noida factories. Honda dealers have already received the first lot of Mobilios and deliveries will begin later today.