Honda is getting its act ready for its next big launch, the Mobilio MPV. Production of the Mobilio is supposed to begin in June and it seems like the MPV has already reached the dealerships for training purposes according to a source.
The seven-seaterMobilio based on the versatile Brio platform will be the first MPV from Honda in India. It will get the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine from the City and the Earth Dreams 1.5-litre i-DTEC mill. The petrol engine has an output of 117bhp and 145Nm of torque and the diesel engine makes 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox will transmit all the power to the front wheels. However, if Honda decides to give the Mobilio an edge in the fuel efficiency department, they might as well offer the six-speed manual gearbox mated to the diesel engine. The petrol could also get the option of a CVT automatic gearbox, but there is a certain ambiguity about it happening this year, but it could be a possibility later.
The contemporary design of the Mobilio adds a bit of flair to the MPV in comparison to the segment leader - the Ertiga. Looks notwithstanding, the Mobilio is a tad larger than the Ertiga dimensionally and going by reports from Indonesia, it has already beaten the Ertiga to become the best-selling MPV there.
The Honda brand has a certain snob value attached to it in India. Considering, Honda’s last two launches have been very successful, the Japanese car maker will look forward to creating another success story with the Mobilio. These are still early days to predict whether it will catch the imagination of every MPV buyer in India, but the Mobilio has all the goods to entice Indian MPV buyers.
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