Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) today announced its entry into the MPV segment with the launch of its mid-size 7-seater Honda Mobilio for the Kerala Market. The car has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. located in Bangkok, following extensive market surveys in India on people’s driving needs and lifestyles.
Mobilio will also be available in an exclusive sporty RS variant, which has bolder and sportier exterior design than base grade. The delivery of the Mobilio RS would begin from September 2014. Addressing a press conference here today, Shigeru Yamazaki, Senior Vice President & Director – Sales & Marketing, said that the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine, based on Honda’s latest Earth Dreams Technology, delivers a maximum power of 100 ps @3600 rpm, maximum torque of 200 Nm @1750 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 ps @6600 rpm, maximum torqueof 145 Nm@4600 rpm and best in class fuel economy of 17.3 kmpl. The petrol variant of Mobilio is equipped with standard 5-speed manual transmission. Honda Mobilio is being manufactured at HCIL’s facility in Greater Noida with localisation level of more than 90%.
The car has received an impressive response on pre-launch bookings, which began on 8th July and the deliveries of Mobilio will begin from today through the company’s vast distribution network of 179 dealers in 114 cities across the country. Prices for petrol variants is in the range of Rs 6,77,000 – Rs 9,06,500 and fordiesel from Rs 8,22,000 to Rs 10,15, 400. RS variant costs Rs 11,30,500.