The Maruti Ertiga has been successful no doubt in creating a new segment of compact MPV's as there was clearly a large gap below the Toyota Innova. The Ertiga is compact yet spacious plus with its car-like manners and Maruti after sales service, no doubt it has been a hit. However Honda and others will be crashing this party and Honda's weapon of choice is the Mobilio. Already grabbing a large number of bookings in Indonesia the Mobilio is expected to be another best seller for Honda.
While the Brio origins are visible on the inside the Mobilio looks good on the outside with a different grille and front bumper to that of the Brio hatch. Move to the side and the long proportions are visible as the Honda Mobilio has length of 4.4 meters and a wheelbase of 2,650mm. It also has a ground clearance of 185mm. The rear styling looks good and wearing 15 inch wheels the Mobilio overall has a pleasant look.
Of major importance will be the interiors which are spacious and practical. The dash is lifted wholesale from the Brio/Amaze but the bit that we are interested in the space on offer. The Honda Mobilio has a seating capacity for seven in the configuration of the three rows of seats and they offer good legroom/headroom and also shoulder room. In Indonesia the Honda Mobilio has only a 1.5 litre petrol engine available with a manual and an automatic gearbox.
In India the Mobilio will have the same 1.5 diesel/petrol from the City which means just as the diesel City is the most efficient sedan the Mobilio will be the most efficient MPV. Just like the Honda Amaze the Mobilio will have a competitive price and an automatic petrol option. We expect a July 2014 launch.
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