Quite simply the most awaited MPV of this year, the Honda Mobilio will the newest offering from Japanese car maker, Honda. This MPV is based on the Honda Brio hatchback and has its sights set squarely on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Power will be drawn from a 1.5 litre, 99 bhp, diesel engine or a 1.5 litre, 117 bhp, petrol motor. Transmission options are either a 5 speed manual for diesel, petrol and a 5-speed automatic gearbox for petrol. The MPV will be packed full of features and will undoubtedly be a very strong contender in the MPV space thanks to Honda’s reliability.
Hyundai New MPV
Not to miss out on the booming MPV market in India, Hyundai will also be joining the list of manufacturers that have their MPVs plying on Indian roads. This new MPV is based on the futuristic Hyundai Hexa Space concept vehicle. As of the moment, the company is remaining rather clandestine about this car, so we don’t have many details about it. This new MPV could well be based on the Grand i10/Xcent platform and carry some of the design features of the Hexa Space. And if we go by the new breed of Hyundai vehicles, we can be sure that it’ll be a real looker!
Renault is a company that has seen immense success in India with quite literally just one car, the Duster. So, one can see the reason behind Renault’s hopefulness of the Lodgy being a hit. This 7 seater MPV is comparable to a Nissan Evalia and will go up against cars like the formidable Toyota Innova. The biggest USP of the Renault Lodgy will be its cavernous interiors and impressive cargo hauling capacity. The vehicle should be offered by Renault with both petrol and diesel engines on offer.
The Datsun Go had massive amounts of buzz surrounding it thanks to it being equipped with very nifty and clever features but still being extremely affordable. Datsun should be taking a similar approach with their Go+, a 7 seater MPV based on the Go hatchback. To keep costs down, a significant portion of the Go+ will be taken from the Go hatchback. Features will include the mobile docking station, gear selector mounted on the dashboard and so on. There isn’t much information on power but Datsun could stick with a version of the 1.2 litre petrol engine used in the Go hatchback.
After making its debut into the Indian car market a while back with the Rexton, South Korean car maker SsangYong is readying itself to launch a new, smaller vehicle in India. This new two wheel drive vehicle will be called the SsangYong Rodius and it will be powered by a 2.0 litre, turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 155hp of power coupled to a 6 speed manual transmission. To further enhance its appeal and to try and wean potential customers away from its rivals, the Rodius will get ABS with brake assist, ESP and roll-over protection.