Japanese car manufacturer Honda has always been successful in India, one of the many reasons being the fact that they have vehicles in different segments – hatchback, sedan and SUV. But the company has never had an MPV in the country, until now.
Enter the Honda Mobilio. This is Honda’s answer to cars like the Toyota Innova and other MPVs currently basking under the Indian sun presently. The Honda Brio-based Mobilio has been eagerly awaited ever since we clapped eyes on it a few months ago. The Mobilio will come in a 7 seater configuration and bring with it Honda’s solid reliability.
The Mobilio will, in all likeness, be driven by the same range of petrol and diesel engines currently powering the new Honda City. The 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine puts out 117 bhp and the 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine develops a power output of 98.6 bhp. The Toyota Innova, on the other hand, is powered by either a much larger 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, 130 bhp petrol engine or the more popular 2.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that makes 102 bhp.
Step inside and you immediately notice that the Innova is considerably larger and more spacious than the Honda Mobilio. The Innova is longer, wider, taller and has a much longer wheelbase than the Mobilio. However, Honda has used the interior space in a very intelligent way and because of that, the Mobilio does not feel cramped at all. This car can easily seat 7 people on 3 rows and there will be a good amount of tech in it as well.
Honda is planning to start the pricing of the Mobilio just a tad higher than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga so that it becomes way more affordable than the expensive Toyota Innova. The Innova does have its loyal customer base but with a similar Honda vehicle priced much more alluringly, that could easily be swayed. One thing looks certain – Honda seems to have yet another runaway hit poised to enter India’s automotive scene.