Honda Cars India may launch its eagerly awaited Mobilio MPV in July; the company has started trial production of the vehicle at its Greater Noida plant after showcasing it at the 2014 Auto Expo in February. This is the second important launch of the year from the big H in India.
The Mobilio is the third product to be built on the Brio’s versatile platform. The vehicle will come with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC, Earth Dreams diesel engine and a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol mill. There is a remote chance of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol mill from the City being offered in the Mobilio, but it cannot be ruled out either. A five-speed manual transmission will be a standard fare in the petrol and diesel variants.
A Honda spokesperson said, "Yes, the Mobilio would be manufactured at our Greater Noida plant, along with other Honda models.We are currently manufacturing the Honda Amaze at Tapukara. No decision has been taken on the other models to be manufactured there. As of now, the Amaze is also being manufactured at Greater Noida.”
The Mobilio will compete against rivals like the Ertiga, Enjoy, Xylo and the Innova. Honda products always command a premium and we expect the Mobilio to be priced higher than its main rival the Ertiga. The MPV, although not a direct competitor to the Innova might undercut a few variant of the MPV segment leader.
The Mobilio has generated quite a buzz until now. Honda will hope to replicate the success of the Amaze and City sedans with its first MPV for India.