Regulars here would know that we have been reporting a fair big about the new 2014 Honda Mobilio, which was recently unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show 2013. While Honda has so far refrained from publishing pics of the interiors of the new car, a set of spy pics of the Brio based MPV has emerged on the web world.
As can be seen in the image above, the Mobilio borrows its dashboard from the Brio hatchback. However, the MPV gets a touchscreen interface for the entertainment system on top of the line variant.
The car also gets silver-colored pedals and leather wrapped gear knob. The interiors also get a roof mounted aircon for the second row of seats. The second row seat neads to be tumbled forward to get access to the third row of seats.
Looking at the image of the boot, it seems like Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” philosophy has ensured that the car can carry sufficient luggage. We reckon that the Mobilio would have a boot space of approx 1600 litres, with rear seats folded. We won’t be too surprised to get to know that the Mobilio is a tad more spacious than the Ertiga, the current leader of compact MPV segment.
The new Honda Mobilio multi-purpose vehicle has been tailor made for emerging car markets in Asia and is likely to be first launched in Indonesia, with India launch slated for mid-2014. The Mobilio is basically the MPV variant of the Brio hatchback and borrows a fair bit, including its platform, from the hatchback sibling.
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.
Powering the Mobilio is a 116bhp, 1.5L i-VTEC, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that has been borrowed from the City sedan. For India though, expect the car to get the Amaze’s 1.5 litre iDTEC diesel engine when it comes to India.
The Mobilio will go on sale in Indonesia for a starting price of 150 million Indonesian Rupiah (approx INR 8.40 lakhs).
Pics: Auto Car Indonesia