The much anticipated Honda Mobilio is all set to hit Indian market soon. Preparing for the launch, Honda has reportedly started the shipment of its MPV Mobilio to the dealerships of the country for dealer training.
Honda Mobilio, the company's first MPV offering in India has been grabbing headlines in the country for quite some time now. The car has been spied in the country numerous times, testing the patience of auto enthusiasts in the domestic market. Now to tickle auto lovers' fancy, Motorbeam has posted a new set of Mobilio images, which was caught on camera at a Honda service centre.
Honda Mobilio, a car which made its first appearance at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo is expected to enter the subcontinent market by mid July 2014. The company has started the trial production of the vehicle at the company's Greater Noida plant earlier last month and if reports are to be believed the actual production of Mobilio will commence from this month (June).
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.
When launched, the Mobilio will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia in the domestic market and the company is likely to price its new MPV in the ₹6 lakh to ₹8.50 lakh (ex-showroom) range. The company is expected to commence accepting the booking for the Mobilio by the end of June.
According to reports, the MPV sales in India currently stand at 12,000 units per month. Honda looks confident with upcoming Mobilio MPV as the company's other diesel offerings City and Amaze continues to generate tremendous response across the country.
With the success of Amaze and City, Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) has reported a growth of 17.8 percent in its domestic sales for the month of May. 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.