The Mobilio MPV by Honda will be launched in the market sometime in the latter half of this year. This will be the first time that the Indian Car Market will be introduced to a unique product like the Honda MPV. Modeled on the Brio platform, the Mobilio MPV is all set to be built in Honda’s factory in Greater Noida. The Mobilio, which will soon be taking after the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, was first showcased at the Delhi Motor Show.
The Mobilio boasts of being a seven-seater and beats the Ertiga in length. The MPV will come with both diesel and petrol engines. Mimicking the Honda City Sedan, the MPV’s petrol engine is a motor with a capacity of 1.5 litres. The diesel engine on the other hand, also a turbo diesel motor with the same capacity, takes after cars like Amaze and City. 5-speed manual gearboxes come equipped with both these engines.
Indonesia’s car market has already seen the launch and subsequent sales of the Honda MPV, albeit without diesel engines, with India next in line to become a major market for the same. The City Sedan launched by Honda, which hit the market in India in 2014, came equipped with a state-of-the-art CVT gearbox and following suit, this option could also be expected with the Honda MPV.
Moving on, Honda is all prepped to launch another car by the end of 2014- the much awaited Honda Jazz. While the Jazz too will come with both petrol and diesel engines, the petrol engine will take after cars like Brio and Amaze and will be a 1.2 liter motor, as opposed to the MPV’s 1.5 liter. The diesel engine will remain a 1.5 liter unit.
The Jazz uses the same platform as the City Sedan. While around 45,000 units of the Mobilio are launched by Honda in India every year, it has decided to produce comparatively lesser units of the Jazz, roughly ranging from 18 to 20,000 per year. Honda will start the production of the Mobilio in the month of June. Meanwhile, Honda promises production of the Jazz in the month of July in Honda’s brand new factory at Tapukara in Rajasthan.