The Honda Mobilio was unveiled at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show on September 19th. Since then, PT Honda Prospect Motor (the local Indonesian subsidiary of Honda) commenced pre-bookings for the MPV and have received 4,500 bookings till date.
Deliveries of the Mobilio will start in February 2014 as the car will enter production only in January 2014 at Honda Prospect Motor's (HPM) new plant in Karawang, West Java. HPM has already started conducting customer previews of the Mobilio and the most recent one took place in Java.
For the Indonesian market, the Mobilio will be offered only with a single engine option which happens to be the City's 1.5-liter i-VTEC motor producing 118 PS and 144 Nm of torque. Two transmission options are available - a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. Three trim levels will be available at the time of the launch - 'S', 'E', and an 'E CVT' variant.
Indonesian prices for the Mobilio range from 150-180 million Indonesian Rupiah (INR 8.41 to INR 10.09 lakhs). In Indonesia as well as in India, the Mobilio has its main rival in the Suzuki/Maruti Ertiga.
Given that the Ertiga has a diesel engine in India, Honda Cars India are expected to launch the Mobilio next year with the option of their 1.5-liter EarthDreams diesel engine which is also seen in the Amaze. A showcasing at the 2014 Auto Expo cannot be ruled out.
[Source - Autonetmagz]