Honda will follow up the launch of the Mobilio with the RS variant, which adds more features and styling elements to the MPV. Tellingly, a Mobilio RS was displayed at the media drive currently happening at the wine city of Nashik. The Mobilio, with petrol and turbo diesel engine options, will be launched in India on the 23rd of July, 2014 and will mark the Japanese automaker’s entry into the competitive MPV segment in India, which is dominated by the likes of the Toyota Innova and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The RS version of the Mobilio , which is expected to be launched a few months down the line, will give buyers a more stylish, feature loaded MPV, which will sit at the top of the Mobilio range in terms of price and positioning.
The Mobilio RS has already been launched in MPV loving Indonesia, which also happens to be the first market for the Mobilio. The Mobilio RS that was launched in Indonesia was powered by the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine that outputs 117 Bhp and 145 Nm. In India, Honda will have the additional option of the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine for the Mobilio RS considering the fact that the major sales of the MPV will come from the diesel powered variants. So, offering more kit on the diesel powered Mobilio through the RS variant makes more sense. Honda could also offer specific parts from the Mobilio RS as accessories, giving MPV buyers more choice.
In terms of styling elements on the outside, the Mobilio RS gets new front and rear bumpers, new headlamps with projectors and daytime running LEDs, twin slat chromed front grille, 15 inch alloy wheels with a revised design and a chromed muffler cutter at the rear. On the inside, the Indonesian RS variant of the Mobilio brings an all black dashboard to accentuate its sporty pretensions while satin inserts abound on parts such as the AC vents, door handles and the gear knob. For India-spec Mobilio RS though, the beige-black dashboard scheme will be retained. A 6.1 inch touchscreen sits on the center console for infotainment functions and also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera. Expect the Mobilio RS to be priced about 50,000 rupees higher than the top end Mobilio variant.