Launched: Honda Mobilio
The fancy new seven-seater is now available at a Honda dealership near you
There is new action in the compact MPV segment with Honda officially launching the seven-seater Mobilio in Delhi. Prices start at Rs 6.49 lakh for the base petrol and go up to Rs 8.76 lakh for the top-line V spec. Honda isn't offering an interior finished in faux leather, wood and a touchscreen music system like it showed us during a pre-launch preview as it wants to fine-tune those tidbits further. Instead, the top variant will get two front airbags, ABS and fog lamps.
The very handy sliding second row seats will also be available only in this spec. A foldable armrest for the middle row that gives a pseudo-captain seats kind of feel is also not present on the lower variants.
Considering the interest in its diesel-engined cars, Honda has cleverly specced the diesel Mobilio better than the petrol version, even in the lower spec variants. Diesel prices range from Rs 7.89 - 9.76 lakh. The RS will cost Rs 10.86 lakh.
Interestingly, the fancier-looking RS spec is available only on the diesel variant. Apart from add-ons like side skirts, a rear spoiler and different bumpers, it also gets projector-type halogen lamps with LEDs. Some additional convenience bits like electrically-foldable mirrors are also on offer. However, the RS will reach showrooms only by September this year.
Meanwhile, Honda sources hinted that if needed, a CVT can also be introduced in the future on the petrol version, as the technology exists and has been developed by its Asia-Pacific R&D arm. And yes, the Mobilio too receives Honda's standard 2 year/40,000km warranty.
A quick look at the Mobilio's price (ex-Delhi):
Petrol: E: Rs 6.49 lakh, S: Rs 7.5 lakh, V: Rs 8.76 lakh
Diesel: E: Rs 7.89 lakh, S: Rs 8.6 lakh, V: Rs 9.76 lakh, RS: Rs 10.86 lakh