We reported in detail when the Honda Mobilio made its public debut at the Indonesia International Motor Show last month. The Honda Mobilio is essentially the MPV variant of the Brio hatchback and is likely to go on sale in Indonesia in first half of next year.
The Mobilio will be manufactured at PT Honda Prospect Motor’s new production facility in West Java. The Indonesian subsidiary of Honda has already commenced holding customer previews for the Mobilio MPV and seen here are pics from the first of such event, which was held in Java recently.
The Mobilio will be tailor made for emerging markets, such as that of Indonesia and India, and is likely to make it to us before Diwali next year. The Mobilio will enable Honda to enter the budget end MPV segment and take the fight straight to Maruti Ertiga and the likes.
The Honda Mobilio has a three row seat configuration and is a seven seater. Honda says that the Mobilio reflects the car maker’s “Man Maximum Machine Minimum” philosophy. It is being said that the Mobilio might turn out to be a tad more spacious than the Ertiga, the current leader of compact MPV segment. The Mobilio measures 4.4 metres in length and has a ground clearance of 185mm, which is more than the ground clearance of the Amaze aka Brio sedan and is as good as the ground clearance of many crossovers and pseudo SUVs out there.
The Honda Mobilio will be powered by a 1.5 litre, 4 pot, 116bhp petrol engine. However, we expect the Mobilio to get the 1.5 litre iDTEC diesel engine when it comes to our country.
The Mobilio will go on sale in Indonesia for a starting price of 150 million Indonesian Rupiah (approx INR 8.40 lakhs).