2014 Honda Mobilio MPV
Honda Mobilia has lived its official world premiere at the Motor Show in Jakarta
Mobilia will first begin to be produced in Indonesia (where the first and start its sales in early 2014) and immediately after arriving in India (Indian promotion is expected at the Salon in 2014 in New Delhi).
In any case, Honda announced a spacious and functional interior (who will be able to receive up to 7 passengers), while the engine to be initially only available 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline 118KS at 6600 r / min. and 144 Nm at 4800 r / min (paired with manual five-speed Transmission or CVT transmission).
Later on offer will be extended and 1.5-liter diesel engine.
Mobilia will compete with models like the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia and Suzuki Ertiga, and as far as measuring length is 4390 mm, width 1680 mm, height 1610 mm, wheelbase 2650 mm, a clearance of 185 mm.
The front fascia of the Mobilio looks more aggressive and stylish that even the Brio. The front sharp winged grille that has graced most Hondas is also present in this vehicle which proudly carries the Honda badge.
The newly styled sporty looking bumpers makes the front look more attractive.
Things starts to get more interesting when you take a look at the side profile.
The Mobilio has an even a longer wheelbase and an increased height and ground clearance than the Honda Amaze saloon.
The side profile of the MPV looks stylish with a new broad window line which clearly suggests that this MPV has a spacious interior, the huge wheel arches also helps to boost the look of the Mobilio.
It definitely is one of the best looking MPVs that money can buy.
Honda hasn’t let anyone inside the Mobilio, which leaves a question mark on its interior design.
But, from what the sketches and pictures show, it is quite clear that the MPV will offer a spacious cabin with three rows of seats that will probably carry 7 occupants inside.
If you really want to know how the interior looks like, picture the Brio’s interior with an extra row of seat. Coming to think of it, it should look good.
The Mobilio will be equipped with a 1498cc i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder diesel motor which generates 96.6bhp of maximum power and which will deliver instant throttle responses and plenty of torque.
However, we’re doubtful if the Mobilio will be able to tug 7 occupants seamlessly.
Honda also claims that this engine will not only provide impressive power but also will deliver impressive fuel economy too.
Honda hasn’t dropped any word on whether they’ll offer the impressive i-DTEC engine that was first introduced in the Amaze.
With the i-DTEC Amaze selling in volumes, Honda might be compelled to plant it in the Mobilio too, for the Indian Market.
When Honda will launch the Mobilio, it will face some tough competition from the segment leading Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga.
The Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga was launched a year ago and in no time has already won many hearts with its well finished interior and stylish exterior.
It is powered by the Fiat-derived 1248cc DDiS engine which suffers a bit of turbo lag and sometimes feels strained too.
But, it can be expected that the new Honda Mobilio will not face the same problem, thanks to its powerful and frugal 1.5-liter engine under its hood.
The Honda Mobilio is a tough package to beat.
It has the aggressive styling, that looks way better than most MPVs, and a punchy motor under its hood.
The Mobilio will surely be a hit as soon as it lands in our market next year.
Honda will definitely price the Mobilio aggressively when they will launch it in the Indian market.