Honda Cars India will not offer two key features on the Mobilio MPV with a view to cut costs. The AVN touchscreen infotainment system that plays host to the audio, video, navigation and reverse camera functions will be dumped along with the faux wood finish for the dashboard.
A 2-DIN audio system found on the likes of the Brio and the Amaze will also feature on the Mobilio, in place of the AVN system. However, Honda does have plans of offering the AVN touchscreen infotainment system and the faux wood dashboard finish through the official accessories route.
These features will also be standard on the kitted out Honda Mobilio RS variant, which will make its debut a few months down the line. The Mobilio is expected to rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in terms of price and positioning and Honda’s unwillingness to load its latest MPV with features seems aimed at keeping the price competitive.
The Mobilio will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Although the Japanese automaker offers a CVT automatic gearbox on the Indonesia-spec Mobilio, the MPV will make do with five speed manual transmissions in India, for both the petrol and turbo diesel engines.
The Mobilio’s launch in India is scheduled for the 23rd of July and Honda dealers have already begun taking bookings for the MPV with the booking amount pegged at 50,000 rupees. Deliveries will commence from the 23rd even as the first batch of Mobilio MPVs have already reached dealerships across the country.
The Mobilio comes with the highest fuel efficiency rating among MPVs (17.3 Kmpl for the petrol variant and 24.2 Kmpl for the diesel variant) in mileage crazy India. This in itself should be a big draw of the MPV. Honda has begun producing the Mobilio MPV at its Greater Noida factory.