Honda Mobilio - Test Drive
Upcoming Launching In India on 23 July 2014..
The Brio platform is one of Honda’s major developments for the Asian markets. The platform currently underpins the Brio hatchback and the Amaze sedan, while a third model is expected to be launched in India this July. This all-new car is called the Honda Mobilio and is a seven-seater MVP that will take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
The Honda Mobilio MPV (codenamed 2NH) is 4.4-metres long (wheelbase of 2.6-metres) and has a ground clearance of 185mm. It may appear like a stretched out version of the Brio but much like Amaze, it looks like it has been designed from the ground up to be an MPV. The Mobilio is a budget MUV, and so it shares a lot of components with the other Honda cars that would help it achieve a very competitive pricing. Despite this budget tag, the Mobilio looks and feels premium car with a trendy design and the Honda badge at the front.
The interiors of the new car are similar to that of the other Honda cars with beige being the predominant colour. The front two rows will certainly be spacious with a foldable third-row that can either accommodate children or make way for extra luggage.
The music system will be similar to that of the City sedan and it will have to be seen whether the touch screen AC panel will be fitted on the higher trims. The safety features will be up to the mark – ABS-EBD will be standard on all except the base variant and, at least the top two variants will get front airbags.
The Mobilio will be powered by the new 1.5-litre turbocharged Earth Dreams diesel engine churning out 100bhp and 205Nm – the same unit that powers the Amaze and City. The petrol variants will get the 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit putting out 117bhp and 145Nm of torque.
The Honda Mobilio has reached production stage and the MVP is expected to reach the showrooms by July end. Honda will target the Ertiga with the new car, so expect a starting price of around Rs 6.25 lakh for the petrol base variant, the top-end diesel on the other hand should carry a price tag of around Rs 9 lakh. We have seen the Mobilio at the 2014 Auto Expo and are pretty impressed with the overall product. Once launched, the Mobilio will also compete with the Chevrolet Enjoy and Mahindra Quanto.
ഏറെ നാളത്തെ കാത്തിരിപ്പിന് ശേഷം ഹോണ്ട മൊബീലിയോ എത്തുകയാണ് ഇന്ത്യിലേക്ക്. നോയിഡയിലെ ഓട്ടോ ഷോയില് ആഗോഷ പൂര്വ്വം അവതരിപ്പിച്ച 7 സീറ്റര് എസ്യുവി ജൂലൈ 23 ന് ഇന്ത്യന് വിപണിയിലെത്തും. ആറര ലക്ഷം മുതല് എട്ടര ലക്ഷം വരയാണ് മൊബീല്യുയോയുടെ വില. 50000 രൂപയുടെ പ്രീബുക്കിംഗ് ഹോണ്ട ഇതിനോടകം തന്നെ ആരംഭിച്ചു കഴിഞ്ഞു.
4390 എം എം നീളവും 1680 എം എം വീതിയും 1610 എം എം ഉയരവുമുള്ള മൊബീലിയോയുടെ ഗ്രൗണ്ട് ക്ലിയറന്സ് 189 എം എം ആണ്. 2 ഫ്യുവല് എഫിഷ്യന്റ് എഞ്ചിന് ഓപ്ഷനുകളുള്ള മൊബീലിയോ 23 കെഎംപിഎല് മൈലേജും വാഗ്ദാനം ചെയ്യുന്നു. ടൊയോട്ടയുടെ ഇന്നോവ, മാരുതി സുസുക്കിയുടെ എര്ട്ടിഗ തുടങ്ങിയ വാഹനങ്ങളാണ് മൊബീലിയോയുടെ പ്രധാന എതിരാളികള്.
Engines1497 cc, 118 bhp @ 6600 RPM power
1498 cc, 99 bhp @ 3600 RPM power
Seating Capacity7 seater
It may sound amusing to many who know me, but I was really excited about the prospects of reviewing the Mobilio. To most around me it is a people carrier – of course a very important one, but still an MPV that is built to choose practicality over almost everything that makes motoring fun. This one, however, is special; it carries a big ‘H’ at the front and that puts it in a different league not just for me but for many others in the Indian market, because Honda has always enjoyed a very special place here. Even when they didn’t have a diesel engine and innovative products, Honda managed to hold on to its aspirational value like no other brand in the mass market. The Amaze and the new City have enjoyed success and Honda will now enter a new segment with a product that may set new benchmarks for mid-sized vehicles.
The appearance of the Mobilio is interesting. Frankly, I have never been a big fan of the Brio and Amaze's design, so I find it a little comical to see the same on a much bigger car. The bulbous headlamps and smiling chrome grille create a contrast with the aggressive, edgy front bumper, and the overall effect is that the Mobilio looks unsure whether to greet you with a smile or a frown.
The view from front three quarters tells a different story though – the focus shifts from the face to the overall proportions and the Mobilio does well to pass off as a proper seven-seater. A lot of effort has gone into making this car look premium. The wheel arches although not bulging are well defined, all except the front pillars are blacked out to create sort of a floating roof and the arc on the middle window-line is a very interesting touch. The overall design is busy with three bold creases running on the side of the car and the big tail lamp encroaching on the side profile.
The lamps at the back are like a smaller version of the ones on the new Honda City. The overall design of the tail section is probably the best among the MPVs – I especially like the black elements at the bottom and on the rear windshield that create a border and hide the visual bulk at the back.
At around 4.4 metres the Mobilio is longer than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Chevrolet Enjoy, but smaller than the Mahindra Xylo and Toyota Innova. And it looks the size, it is evidently bigger than the Ertiga and anyone who sees this will have no doubt that it is made to seat seven people
Also, while I may continue to rant about the facial expressions of the Mobilio, I am sure that at least a couple of my team mates will strongly defend the design when we get it to the office for a longer period. The thing about this Honda design is that it is controversial – you will either like it or you won’t, but in either case it will get attention and that is good enough.