Updated on 14th April 2014
Honda India has started teasing the Honda Mobilio MPV. A website has been setup where customers can more information about the upcoming MPV and also express their interest in buying it. The website says that the MPV will be launched in India in a few months time.
Updated on 8th April 2014
In a small update, it is reported that Honda will start production of the Honda Mobilio MPV from June 2014 a bit later than the previous news suggested. It has also emerged that Honda will not be producing the MPV at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, instead it will assembled at the company’s Greater Noida plant. About 45,000 units of the MPV as expected to be rolled out in the first year of production and the first units should be delivered to customers after July 2014.
Honda will use the same variant division for the Mobilio as the other products in its lineup, meaning that there will be at least two petrol variants offered with an automatic transmission while the diesel variants will only be mated to manual transmissions. Engine options should be the same as the ones used in the Honda City, the 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel.
Updated on 3rd December 2013
Honda Cars India will start deliveries of the upcoming Honda Mobilio to buyers by June 2014, a report by the Financial Express claims. The Honda Mobilio will be produced at Honda’s new plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan which will be fully functional by March 2014 and immediately start producing the light MPV.
The Honda Mobilio will be Honda’s second car to enter the market in 2014, the first being the 2014 Honda City. The Honda City will be launched in the market in January 2014, deliveries will be made the same month, bookings of the car will be open later in December 2013. The Mobilio will compete with other light MPVs in the market such as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Quanto and Chevrolet Enjoy. Though it will not measure below 4-meters and hence not be eligible for excise benefit, it will share many parts with the Honda Amaze sedan to keep the price competitive.
Updated on 20th November 2013
Honda India will unveil the Honda brio based Mobilio MPV for the Indian market during the 2014 Indian Auto Expo to be held in February. According to a report from Gaadi.com, who had the chance to drive the car in Japan, the MPV will be positioned in between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova and will be offered in the price range of Rs. 6-9 Lakh. The Honda Mobilio will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine doing duty on the Amaze and a detuned version of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor found on the City. The diesel engine is expected to return a fuel-efficiency of about 20 KMPL. The top end variant of the MPV should get features like ABS, airbags, steering mounted controls etc. You can check out the photos from their drive below:
Video: Honda Mobilio Features Explained
Updated on 19th September 2013
Honda has unvieled the Honda Mobilio, an MPV based on the Honda brio hatchback at the 2013 Indonesian Motor Show being held in Jakarta.
The Honda Mobilio is visibly longer, taller and has more ground clearance than the Brio hatchback. At 4390mm, the Mobilio is 780 mm longer than the Brio and 400 mm longer than the Amaze. It’s wheelbase at 2650 mm is 305 mm longer than the Brio and 245 mm longer than the Amaze. It is 1605 mm tall, 105 mm taller than the Brio and 100 mm more than the Amaze. Ground clearance is an impressive 185 mm which is 20 mm more than the Brio and Amaze.
In short, the Mobilio will be very spacious on the inside, in terms of legroom and headroom.
Styling wise, the Mobilio shares the front with the hatchback, it would be a bit difficult to differentiate between the two if looked at head on. The differentiating factors include the new Honda ‘wing’ grille and an aggressive front bumper. Leaving the similar front design, the rest of the MPV is very different from its Hatchback or the sedan cousins. The side features very aggressive line and surfacing, the highlights being the small kink in the rear door and the floating D-pillar. Move to the rear and you get BMW-ish tail-lamps, aggressive bumper and a stylish rear-hatch door. The 10-spoke alloy-wheel design looks very good combined with the fat tyres.
The Mobilio will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine doing duty on the Amaze and a detuned version of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor found on the City.
The Mobilio will be offered with three-row seating, interiors of the MPV are expected to be similar to the Brio but will get its own design features just like the exterior. Expect Honda’s legendary packaging skills to work its magic in the Mobilio too, there will be a lot of storage space inside and will give the reining leader, the Ertiga a tough time when it is launched in India sometime in the second half of 2014.
The Honda Mobilio will be first showcased in India during the 2014 Auto Expo in February. We are pretty excited, are you? Let us know your thoughts on the Honda Mobilio in the comments section below.
Updated on 10th September 2013
The 2013 Indonesian Motor Show which begins on the 19th of September in Jakarta, is still a few days away. However, details of the Honda Brio MPV, which was supposed to be launched during the event, has already been leaked. The content of a leaked dealer training dossier, tells many things about the MPV. Another leak from Autonetmagz reveals that the Brio-based MPV will be called the Honda Mobilio.
If you look closely at the image below, the Honda Mobilio looks pretty much like an MPV, even though it is based on a hatchback. The proportions look good, though the MPV retains some signature cues from the Brio like the front end design. The design also stays true to the sketch released by Honda earlier, with the kink after the front door and the semi-blacked out rear-pillar. The rear features a tapered windscreen and it looks like there will be enough space in the MPV for seating 5 people.
According to the dossier, the Brio MPV is going to launch in three trim levels – S,E and E CVT. The common features in all the variants are adjustable steering, tumble seats for the 2nd and 3rd row, dual airbags and an engine immobilizer.
Here is a brief look at the features that can be found in each variant:
- The door mirrors in the ‘S’ variant are body colored. It has 15-inch rims, rear wiper and washer, single DIN audio system with two speakers, tilt steering, power windows, powered mirrors and dual front airbags.
- The ‘E (MT)’ comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, indicators on door mirrors, parking sensors, 2-DIN audio system with two speakers and iPod connectivity, sliding second row seats, key-less entry and dual AC.
- Apart from all the features of E (MT), the ‘E (CVT) has got a garnished bumper, ABS and a CVT gearbox. Amongst loads of features of interiors, the chrome aircon vents stand out.
Honda is going to launch the MPV with a 1.5-litre petrol engine in Indonesia. It may be launched in India with similar engine specifications early next year. We do not have any other info about the the new MPV as of now. We will have to wait and watch on when Honda makes an announcement about launching it in India, we hope they do it during the 2014 Auto Expo in January.
Keep tuned to Car Blog India for the latest information on the Honda Brio based MPV.
Spy shots courtesy Autonetmagz