Come July 23rd, Japanese carmaker Honda will officially mark its entry in the MPV segment with the eagerly awaited launch of the Mobilio MPV and take on the current market leader, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The official pre-bookings for the seven seater Mobilio MPV is slated to commence from next week across all company dealerships in the country.
Seen for the first time 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.
Last month, the Japanese automaker had kick-started the marketing and promotional activities for the Mobilio MPV, wherein the MPV was seen on display in various shopping malls across the country. The purpose of the exercise was to give the potential customers an early preview of the car, while keeping the details and specification of the vehicles still under wraps.
As a refresher, the Honda Mobilio MPV will be offered in India with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that is able to produce 119PS of max power and 145Nm of peak torque and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine producing 100PS and 200Nm.