Japanese auto major Honda today launched the MPV Mobilio, its first multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in India, priced between Rs 6.49 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki's Ertiga.
Honda Mobilio is available in three grades offered in petrol and diesel variants – E, S and V with Manual Transmission. Petrol variants of the seven seater Mobilio would retail between Rs 6.49 lakh and Rs 8.76 lakh while diesel versions would be available between Rs 7.89 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
In order to appeal to younger audience who look for distinct styling along with comfort of a spacious MPV, the Mobilio will also be available in an exclusive sporty RS variant which has bolder and sportier exterior design than base grade. The sportier Mobilio RS grade will be available in diesel. Priced at Rs 10.86 lakh, Mobilio RS would be delivered from September 2014.
The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of the Mobilio, based on Honda’s latest Earth Dreams Technology, delivers a maximum power of 100 ps@3600 rpm, maximum torque of 200 Nm@1750 rpm and best in class fuel economy of 24.2 kmpl as per test data. It has been mated to the standard 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 L i-VTEC petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 119 ps@6600 rpm, maximum torque of 145 Nm@4600 rpm and best in class fuel economy of 17.3 kmpl. The Petrol Mobilio is equipped with standard 5-speed manual transmission.
The MPV comes with a two years or 40,000-km warranty as standard value for all customers. The cost of maintenance for the Honda Mobilio has been kept as lowest in its segment, said the automaker.
"The launch of Honda Mobilio follows the success of Honda Amaze and the all new City which led our exceptional growth of 83 per cent in the previous financial year," Honda Cars India President & CEO Hironori Kanayama told reporters here.
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Honda Motor Company Managing Officer Yoshiyuki Matsumoto said India remains one of the company's key strategic markets and Mobilio will contribute significantly to HCIL's growth in India.
Mobilio has been developed at Honda's R&D facility in Bangkok exclusively for the Asian markets with India and Indonesia among key targets.
In India, the vehicle would roll out from the company's Greater Noida plant.
Ertiga is priced between Rs 5.8 lakh and Rs 8.49