Honda is likely to end the wait for its Mobilio in India soon as a recent report suggests that the company is all set to pull the wraps off its first MPV in the country.
A report of ZigWheel, which seemed to have gotten the information from the company sources claims that Honda will launch its much anticipated Mobilio MPV in the domestic market in the second half of July 2014.
Honda Mobilio, a car which was first seen at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo has been rumoured for India launch quite some time now. Recently, the production version of Mobilio was spotted testing in India, hinting the arrival of the vehicle. Although the company is yet to talk about the exact launch of its new MPV in the domestic market, Honda previewed its upcoming Mobilio on the company's India website with the 'launching in a few months' tag.
Built on Honda's popular Brio hatchback platform, Honda's new Mobilio MPV will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines in the country. The petrol model of the car will pack 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, which can churn out a power of 117bhp, and the diesel variant will come with 98bhp, 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit, which powers Honda's popular City and Amaze. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual and CVT gearbox. While the diesel model of MPV Mobilio is expected to deliver 26 kmpl, the petrol version is likely to give 18 kmpl.
The trial production of Mobilio has already started at the company's Greater Noida plant and the actual production will begin in June 2014. The vehicle will go against the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia in the domestic market and is likely to fall in the price range of ₹6 lakh to ₹8.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
The company is expected to commence accepting the booking for the Mobilio by the end of June. Recently Honda launched the MPV in Indonesia.
In May, Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) has reported a growth of 17.8 percent in its domestic sales. The company sold 13,362 units in May 2014, as against the 11,342 units in May 2013. Besides this, a total of 518 units have also been exported in May.
Honda's small car Brio registered a sale of 1,333 in May 2014, while the company's family car Amaze's sales figure stood at 4,752 units.