Honda has introduced two new trims on the recently launched Mobilio MPV. Dubbed the V(O and RS (O) variants, the new trims add the audio, video and navigation package to the Mobilio. The AVN package for the Mobilio is priced at a 70,000 rupee premium over the non-AVN system equipped Mobilio variants.
The V(O) i-VTEC petrol engine powered Mobilio is priced at 9.46 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, while the V(O) and RS(O) i-DTEC turbo diesel engined powered MPV are priced at 10.45 lakh rupees and 11.55 lakh rupees respectively. The V(O) and RS (O) trims of the Mobilio are top end variants of the MPV’s petrol and diesel versions.
Launched last month, Mobilio bookings have been strong and if the MPV can sustain the initial momentum, it might as well be Honda’s third straight success in the Indian car market, after the Amaze and City sedans. The Honda MPV directly competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which is also the segment leader.
Honda sells the Mobilio with 1.5 liter-4 cylinder engines, in petrol (117 Bhp-145 Nm) and diesel (89.6 Bhp-200 Nm) guises. While both engines get 5 speed manual transmissions, Honda is yet to consider a CVT/torque converter automatic gearbox for the petrol powered version. Based on the Honda Brio platform, the Mobilio MPV is a seven seater that shares many parts with the likes of the Brio and the Amaze.
The MPV gets safety features such as twin airbags and ABS+EBD. While the Mobilio is also sold in Indonesia, the made-in-India version isn’t likely to hit the export circuit in a big way as Honda is already struggling with strong domestic demand. Honda produces the Mobilio at its Greater Noida manufacturing facility and the Japanese automaker has just shifted production of its best selling car, the Honda city sedan, to the Tapukara factory, in Rajasthan.