Japanese automaker Honda is now a mileage champion in the Indian car market. After besting the compact sedan and sedan segment in the mileage stakes, with the likes of the Amaze and the City, Honda has now trained its guns on the MPV segment. The 7 seat, monocoque bodied Honda Mobilio, which will be launched in India on the 23rd of July, is the most fuel efficient MPV in India, in both petrol and diesel segments. The Mobilio Petrol manages an ARAI certified fuel efficiency number of 17.3 Kmpl while the diesel powered variant manages a stunning 24.2 Kmpl, figures that outperform the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova by a big margin.
The petrol powered Mobilio is powered by the 1.5 liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated motor that churns out 117 Bhp-145 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox transmits torque to the front wheels of the MPV and a CVT automatic gearbox isn’t in the scheme of things for now. The diesel powered Mobilio uses the all-aluminium, 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged motor that is a proven mileage champ. This motor outputs 98.6 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque, and also does duty on the Amaze and the City sedans. In the Mobilio, the diesel engine is paired to a five speed manual gearbox.
Dimensions wise, the Mobilio is larger than the Ertiga but smaller than the Innova. However, the Mobilio’s wheelbase is the shortest amongst its peers. The Mobilio’s dimensions are as follows – Length: 4,386 mm length, Width: 1,683 mm, Height: 1,603 mm, Wheelbase: 2,652 mm and ground clearance: 189 mm. The MPV rides on 15 inch wheels and comes with a kerb weights that range between 1,131-1,160 kilograms and 1,214-1.245 kilograms, for the petrol and diesel engined models respectively. Top end variants of the Mobilio will get twin airbags and ABS+EBD as standard kit.
That the MPV is based on the Brio platform gives it the advantage of sharing parts with siblings such as the Brio hatchback and the Amaze compact sedan. This parts sharing will give Honda the leverage of pricing the Mobilio very competitively, a trait that is soon becoming a given on new Honda car launches. Prices of the petrol powered Mobilio are expected to start close to the 6 lakh rupees mark while the diesel powered MPV will start a lakh higher, at about 7 lakh rupees. Honda will also sell a body kit equipped Mobilio RS variant, which also comes with additional features on the inside.
Honda has already begun promoting the Mobilio around the web through sharp TVCs featuring comic Kapil Sharma. We’ve lined up the two Mobilio TVCs for you.