After the disastrous two years that plagued the Japanese automaker due to catastrophic natural calamities, Honda made its comeback 2013 with the hugely successful, Honda Amaze sedan. This year however, Honda’s road to recovery is about to gain even more momentum with the launch of the all-new Honda Mobilio MPV - that is slated to get underway in May 2014.
First seen at the Indonesian Motor Show 2013 and then, at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, the Honda Mobilio MPV is the third model that has been derived from the popular Brio platform, after the Brio hatchback and the Amaze sedan.
Especially designed for emerging market in Asia, the Mobilio features sporty styling on the outside, while retaining a comfortable cabin on the inside with a seating capacity of seven. At the front, the MPV gets a bigger grille than its hatchback counterpart and thicker chrome bar running along the centre. The bumper gets a new faux air dam at the bottom, while the fog lamps remain the same as those on the Brio. The side profile, of the Mobilio features aggressive design cues - some of which have been borrowed from the Brio itself. At the rear however, the shift from a hatchback to that of an MPV is evident with the modified B-pillar and wrap-around tail lamps, giving the MPV a pillar-less look.
Under the hood, we expect to see a 1.2-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel powerplant that currently serves the Honda Amaze. Both engines will be mated to a 5-Speed manual gearbox. We also hope to see an automatic gearbox thrown in the mix.
The Honda Mobilio MPV, will give strong competition to the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and the Nissan Evalia in the Indian market. The MPV will be manufactured at Honda’s new upcoming facility in Rajasthan, which is scheduled to become functional in April 2014.