Honda has tasted success after the launch of their diesel powered Amaze sedan in India. Before that, the rising prices of the petrol and the line-up consisting of only petrol models was a bad impact for the Honda’s business in India. With the diesel engine, Honda’s sales chart went haywire, the sale number topped any other car from their stable in India.
Now the Japanese manufacturer is planning to fit the same engine to their existing models and also bring in new models to make things even better for themselves. The next car that will feature the diesel powered engine would be the Mobilio – a much hyped car, which was showcased in Indonesia and is on its prototype phase right now. The Mobilio will be based on Honda Brio platform, which also makes the base for their best-seller; Amze. The absence of Honda from the MUV segment is something the company is taking seriously. MUV market in the country is going to the next level and a lot of manufacturers are bringing their models in this segment to cash-in on the opportunity. Honda, who would be a late entrant, will surely find some buyers for Indian market.
The Mobilio looks smart with features resembling the Honda Brio. Honda is known for their motto “Man maximum, Machine minimum” and all their vehicles follow the same line. Even in Mobilio, the space inside the vehicle takes the priority. There is lot of space inside the vehicle to play around. Even after adjusting the front seat according to full-sized human, the Mobilio has huge interiors taking up even the large size Indian families. The prototype carried an all-beige interiors, giving a sense of larger space, but we are sure that nothing like will be available with the production model.
The rear looks more sporty rather than classy or elegant with little work done on the bottom of the rear glass. The Mobilio, even being bigger in size has proportionate looks, which makes the car very nice to look at. There is strong crease on the Mobilio starting from the front wheel arch and comes all the way to B-Pillar to fade away looks makes the car very strong and make it more aggressive to look at. The car looks very nice overall.
Hondas are known for their engines and the Mobilio will carry both petrol and diesel engines under its bonnet. The petrol unit would be a 4-Cylinder 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit that will churn a maximum power of 118 PS and the diesel model could carry a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine which will through a good 102 PS pf maximum power. The Mobilio would measure more than 4-metres and would have ground clearance of 185 PS.
Honda will showcase the car at upcoming Auto Expo. Honda Mobilio looks promising and will sure bring more fortunes to the company’s coffers!