Honda Mobilio MPV launched in India, price starts at Rs 6.49 lakh

Written by FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 25 2014, 12:57pm hrs
Honda MobilioIn India, Honda MPV Mobilio would roll out from the company's Greater Noida plant. (CarDekho)
Japanese auto major Honda today launched the MPV Mobilio, its first multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in India, priced between Rs 6.49 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki's Ertiga.

Honda Mobilio is available in three grades offered in petrol and diesel variants E, S and V with Manual Transmission. Petrol variants of the seven seater Mobilio would retail between Rs 6.49 lakh and Rs 8.76 lakh while diesel versions would be available between Rs 7.89 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

In order to appeal to younger audience who look for distinct styling along with comfort of a spacious MPV, the Mobilio will also be available in an exclusive sporty RS variant which has bolder and sportier exterior design than base grade. The sportier Mobilio RS grade will be available in diesel. Priced at Rs 10.86 lakh, Mobilio RS would be delivered from September 2014.

The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of the Mobilio, based on Hondas latest Earth Dreams Technology, delivers a maximum power of 100 [email protected] rpm, maximum torque of 200 [email protected] rpm and best in class fuel economy of 24.2 kmpl as per test data. It has been mated to the standard 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5 L i-VTEC petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 119 [email protected] rpm, maximum torque of 145 [email protected] rpm and best in class fuel economy of 17.3 kmpl. The Petrol Mobilio is equipped with standard 5-speed manual transmission.

The MPV comes with a two years or 40,000-km warranty as standard value for all customers. The cost of maintenance for the Honda Mobilio has been kept as lowest in its segment, said the automaker.

"The launch of Honda Mobilio follows the success of Honda Amaze and the all new City which led our exceptional growth of 83 per cent in the previous financial year," Honda Cars India President & CEO Hironori Kanayama told reporters here.

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Honda Motor Company Managing Officer Yoshiyuki Matsumoto said India remains one of the company's key strategic markets and Mobilio will contribute significantly to HCIL's growth in India.

Mobilio has been developed at Honda's R&D facility in Bangkok exclusively for the Asian markets with India and Indonesia among key targets.

In India, the vehicle would roll out from the company's Greater Noida plant.

Ertiga is priced between Rs 5.8 lakh and Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The petrol variants retail between Rs 5.8 lakh and Rs 7.3 lakh while the diesel versions are priced between Rs 7.22 lakh and Rs 8.49 lakh.

The pre-launch bookings for Honda Mobilio began on July 8 and the deliveries will begin from today through companys vast distribution network across the country.

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During the fiscal 2013-14, Honda Cars India reported 83 per cent increase in sales at 1,34,339 units as against 73,483 units during the previous year.

At the Auto Expo held in February, Honda Motor Japan President and CEO Takanobu Ito had announced a sales target of reaching 3,00,000 units annually by FY'17 in India as part of its aim to sell 60 lakh vehicles globally in the same period.

He had said that in order to achieve the target, the company would introduce new products and technologies that fit the needs of Indian customers.

HCIL had earlier this year launched an all-new version of its mid-sized sedan City. The company's other models include compact sedan Amaze and hatchback Brio. The Honda Amaze, introduced in April last year, was the company's first diesel offering in India.

The company said it would increase output from its plant at Tapukara in Rajasthan by starting a second production shift in seven to eight months to help meet its target of an almost 50 per cent jump in sales to 2 lakh units in 2014-15.

HCIL's other facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh can produce 1.2 lakh cars every year.

(With PTI inputs)