February 5, 2014: Honda makes entry to the MPV segment in India as it introduced its new Mobilio MPV at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo at Delhi. Unveiled for the first time at the 2013 Indonesian Motor Show, it will be based on the Brio platform and will come in both petrol and diesel versions. Its market competitors include Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy. Its muscular looks enhanced by the thick horizontal slat chrome grille and oval fog lamps add to its aggressive feel. Its 15-inch wheels and 2650mm wheelbase ensures improved ground clearance level. It features the same three-spoke steering wheel, twin dials, music system and air conditioner. Available in petrol as well as diesel variants, its 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine produces 117bhp and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine belts out a top power of 98bhp.
Honda is considered as one of the world's most distinguished and reliable car manufacturers. It has gained this prestige, glory and reputation by launching vehicles that offer the latest and most innovative technologies in terms of engine, features, performance and safety. Until now, Honda has been immensely successful with its exquisite vehicles in India, be it the impeccable Amaze, or the value-for-money hatchback, Brio. Now, Honda is apparently, going a step ahead of its other competitors and continuing its legacy by unveiling the phenomenal MPV, Honda Mobilio .
It would be Honda's first stint in this segment that is rapidly gaining popularity. Several renowned auto-giants have already marked their entry in this intriguing segment by launching their dream vehicles. The MPV segment of vehicles has taken the country by storm and people are drawn towards it because it is highly convenient and advantageous. Honda is also willing to make its presence felt in this section and hence, it has already unveiled the amazing Honda Mobilio in the Indonesia International Motor Show 2013.
Honda has also planned to launch it in India by 2014 and if speculations are to be believed, it will see the light of day in India during the Indian Auto Expo 2014. Honda's intentions are quite clear - they are willing to launch it in a lower price category as compared to the other reigning MPVs available in the automobile market. It would offer adequate interior space to the buyers, consisting of three row seat configuration. Seven persons could comfortably sit in it and enjoy their journey. Furthermore, there would be immense space for luggage as well, which is the best characteristic of this amazing MPV.
In India, Honda Mobilio would be launched with both the fuel options, petrol and diesel. A glimpse of the petrol-fueled Honda Mobilio was recently offered at the Indonesian Motor Show. It has a 1.5-litre i-VTEC, 4-cylinder petrol engine under its hood . This engine is also doing duty in Honda's other acclaimed sedan, Honda City. It generates an exceptional power of 116.3BHP@6600RPM and a peak torque of 146Nm@4800RPM, which can't be considered a fluke. It would be mated to a manual as well as an automatic transmission gearbox. By looking upon these engine specifications, it can be presumed that Mobilio would be a completely performance-oriented multi-purpose vehicle and would charm everyone with the fragility and smoothness of its engine.
It is also said that Honda Mobilio would arrive with a diesel fuel option. It will sport the highly acclaimed, 1.5-litre, 16V i-DTEC diesel engine , which has been showered with a lot of praise from all across the world for its superb performance and promising fuel economy. The clear evidence here is, Honda Amaze diesel, which has received immense success throughout India. It is capable of producing top power of 98.6BHP@3600RPM and highest torque of 200Nm@1750RPM. Reportedly, the diesel variant too, will come with both manual as well as automatic transmission gearbox system.
Honda Mobilio has been designed after carrying out extensive research on the rough road as well as weather conditions. A lot of attention has been paid towards meeting customers' requirement. Its length has been kept a little less (say around 4.4 meters) as compared to its other contemporaries, in order to adjust it in the narrow roads and to avoid the parking problem in crowded places. Its ground clearance is said to be around 185mm, which is almost similar to that of SUVs. Surely, it would give a driver, amazing driving experience.
Honda Mobilio is generating quite a hoopla, even prior to its long awaited India launch in 2014. So, it would be quite interesting to see how it battles out in India among the other vehicles in its class and emerges triumphant. It's not going to be as easy for it as it seems, because there are some extra-ordinary vehicles already, that are ruling this segment for years. MPVs such as Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia, will offer strong competition, despite the brand value of Honda in the Indian automotive industry. So, it would be enthralling to see how it competes in the Indian sub-continent's competitive battleground and how many buyers it seduces.
Ed's take: Honda’s i-DTEC engines are fuel-efficient and expect the Mobilio to also return a good figure.
Honda Mobilio is available in the market in both petrol and diesel variant. The Petrol variant is powered by the 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine while the diesel variant carries with it a 1.5-Liter i-DTEC engine. The diesel engine designed by Honda is efficient enough; not only it can compete with the petrol models but is also capable of delivering better performance. This vehicle just like the Amaze has been designed to be highly fuel economic, so that it can serve the rightful purpose of the company of introducing diesel engine in the Indian market. The mileage delivered by the diesel variant of this MPV is little less than that offered by the Amaze which is powered by the same engine, this is due to the bulkiness of the vehicle and its ability to deliver more power. The diesel engine is capable of offering a mileage of around 17.2kmpl with a manual transmission. Designed on the platform of the Honda's hatchback Brio these mileage figures with the amount of power this MPV generates, it is exceptionally impressive.
Ed's take: The interiors of the Mobilio are simple and it has sufficient room for five in the first two rows. The third row is sufficient for kids, though there is a lot more room than the competition in the third row.
As the MPV is designed on the platform of Amaze and Brio, it shares the same interior features and design. The interior is in dual tone with beige color which provides a soothing effect and makes the interior look more spacious. In the front we have the three spoke steering wheel, twin dials and the same in-dash music system with the speakers positioned in a manner where the sound can penetrate with ease. The Air Conditioner is can be controlled with the three knobs that are positioned at the middle of the dash to offer enough control to the driver. The second row of the MPV is quite spacious and three people can seat comfortably while the third row can accommodate only two people. The second row seats can easily slide back and forth to a certain extent to increase or decrease the leg space according to the need of the passengers. The window panes are also large which makes the interior feel roomier. What it lags is the thigh support which could have been provided to make the journey comfortable for the tall people.
Being an MPV, this Honda vehicle has an interior appeal much better than the Amaze sedan and Brio hatchback. It can easily accommodate 7 peoples and still has a booth space that is sufficient enough to accommodate two suitcases. The seats are comfortable enough to offer the passengers ache-less journey for long distances. The interiors are spacious enough to provide decent headroom, legroom and shoulder room. The steering wheel is also adjustable and can be tilted according to the convenience of the driver. Apart from all these we have electrically adjustable ORVMs, fuel consumption display, front and rear cup holders and headlight height adjuster feature.
Mobilio is roomy on the inside and comes equipped with all the necessary comfort features. Being a Honda vehicle there is no doubt that it will be spacious and comfortable at the same time. The MPV can easily accommodate 7 passengers and offers decent headroom, legroom and shoulder room to allow comfortable seating position.
Ed's take: The performance of the Mobilio is good like all other Honda products and we do not doubt that.
Honda Mobilio has got two engine options 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine. Both these engines are capable enough to provide a decent power supply to the Honda MPV. In the Amaze model the diesel engine is more powerful than the petrol one but in the case of Mobilio nothing of such sort is expected and the petrol engine will churn out more power than the diesel engine.
The petrol engine is capable of producing a power of 116.3bhp at the rate of 6600rpm and a torque of 146Nm at the rate of 4800rpm while the diesel variant belts out 98.6bhp of maximum power at 3600rpm and a peak torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. The power generated is sufficient enough to drive this muscular MPV. The engine comes mated with a five speed gearbox with both automatic and manual transmission option.
The power generated seems to be sufficient enough to provide this car with a decent acceleration and a good pickup. The Amaze sedan with lesser engine power can touch the mark of 100kmph in a time interval of just 13.3 seconds, so this MPV with higher power delivery is surely going to have a better acceleration and pickup.
Ed's take: The Mobilio will come integrated music system and steering mounted audio controls.
The car is going to carry Amber color illuminated audio system with AM/FM, MP3 playback and for speakers positioned so that the sound can penetrate with ease. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel which allows the driver to control the audio system while driving comfortably. The ECO lamp, USB and AUX-in, advance audio system are some of the interesting accessories the vehicle is equipped with. Using the AUX-in and USB feature we can connect pen drives or any other storage device to listen to our favorite music.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
This MPV comes with 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with nicely shaped wheel arches with the Honda symbol at the center. These 16-inch tyres helps in providing better grip on the road and also assist some off road tyres.
Ed's take: The Mobilio has been designed for better ride than handling, and we can share more on handling only after we drive it.
For effective braking we have conventional disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear end. The brake mechanism is of top quality with a good suspension system that absorbs the bumps and provides a comfortable ride. For handling we have a three spoke steering wheel which provides full control of the car in ay kinds of terrains.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Mobilio are airbags and ABS.
In terms of safety, Honda has equipped this car with the standard and some advanced safety features. The car is blessed with ABS with EBD technology that avoids skidding of the car in case of instantaneous braking and avoids locking of tyres by distributing the brake force to the wheels in order to maximize stopping power whilst maintaining vehicular control. It also features an engine immobilizer which does not start the car until the correct key is inserted and also protects the car from being hot-wired. There are also features like Keyless entry system, Fog Lamps, Dual airbags etc.
Honda Mobilio Pros :
Beautifully designed, economical, best in class mileage, elegant interiors
Honda Mobilio Cons :
Diesel engine is noisy at higher speeds and thigh support
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