Waiting for the Honda Brio-based MPV? Well, here’s some news – the vehicle is soon to be launched in Indonesia and is being called the Honda Mobilio. This is a brand that Honda already owns, and was used on one of its MPVs earlier.
The new Honda Mobilio though would look a lot different from its predecessor. This one is based on the Honda Brio platform and hence the front of the vehicle will look a lot like the Honda Brio, while the rear has an extended cabin to be able to seat seven passengers. Leaked photographs of slides from a presentation on the Honda Mobilio to dealers in Indonesia show that the Brio-based MPV will be quite spacious and can give the Maruti Ertiga a run for its money.
The leaked slides first appeared on Indonesian site Autonetmagz.com and have since been doing the rounds of the Internet. Not only do the leaked slides show the full shape and look of the Honda Mobilio (Brio-based MPV), they also list out the variants that the Mobilio will come in. So far three variants, all with a petrol engine (at least for the Indonesian market) appear to have been planned.
The variants listed are the Type S, Type E (MT) and Type E (CVT), with the base variant being the S type while the other two are higher variants. Also read: Honda plans to launch compact MPV based on Brio
Some of the exterior features of the S Type include coloured door mirrors, rear wiper and washer, black door handles and 15-inch steel wheels. In addition to this, the E (MT) gets 15-inch alloy wheels, coloured door handles, front fog lamps, parking sensors and indicators on the rear-view mirrors. The E (CVT) obviously gets an automatic transmission and the addition of some chrome garnish around the fog lamps and bumper.
In terms of interior features, all variants get dual airbags, tilt steering and four power windows. The S-variant has a single-DIN music system with USB. The E variants also get power door mirrors and central locking, a 2-DIN music system with USB and iPod control, and front and rear AC. The top-end E-CVT variant gets some silver garnish as well as ABS. Also see: Spy video of new Honda compact SUV
The Honda Mobilio is scheduled for launch on September 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia. However, it could take at least another six months or more for the vehicle to come to India. In the meantime, stay tuned for more developments from Honda – both on the MPV and compact SUV front. It’s going to be a busy year ahead for the company. Also see: Upcoming launches from Honda in 2014-2015