Honda Cars India is all set to launch the Mobilio MPV in the next couple of months. The Mobilio will be the second major product launch for Honda in India this year, after the 2014 City C-Segment sedan. The Mobilio MPV has already been launched in Indonesia and the version that will be sold in India will be offered with both petrol and turbo diesel engine options. As the launch approaches, Honda has kick started promotional activities around the Mobilio and the latest teaser video of the MPV is the latest bit of marketing buzz.
The Mobilio MPV is a 7 seater with a length measuring just under 4.4 meters. This length makes the Mobilio longer than the Ertiga but slightly shorter than the Innova. Honda is likely to price the Mobilio in between the Ertiga and the Innova in terms of positioning. This positioning also explains the relatively conservative volumes that Honda is expecting from the Mobilio, what with the Japanese automaker projecting yearly volumes of 45,000 units of the Mobilio. The MPV will roll out from Honda’s Greater Noida factory and test production has already begun.
The Mobilio is based on the Brio platform. The MPV will get a 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol (117 Bhp-146 Nm) and i-DTEC turbo diesel (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) engines. While five speed manual gearboxes will be standard on both engines, it will be interesting to see if Honda serves up a CVT automatic gearbox on the petrol powered versions given the fact that such an option is available on the City sedan, which also features a 1.5 liter petrol motor. A petrol automatic combination will be unique in the Indian MPV space as no such option is available on the current crop of MPVs sold here. The Mobilio is expected to hit Indian roads in July 2014.