The Honda Mobilio was snapped on Indian roads for the first time by Facebook user Swapnil Mhaske. The car seen here is the diesel variant, identified by the 'i-DTEC' badge on the bootlid. The trim level is identified as 'V', which would be one of the higher variants of the car.
The car sports foglights, alloy wheels, rear wiper and a reverse camera which is tucked above the registration plate enclosure. The Indian-spec Mobilio seems identical in looks to the Indonesian model.
The Mobilio is announced to launch in India next month with a petrol and diesel engine. The petrol engine is expected to be the new City's 1.5-liter four-cylinder motor producing about 119 PS and 145 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The diesel engine would be the 1.5-liter i-DTEC producing 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque in the new City and Amaze. The diesel will come with a manual only.
The Mobilio, based on the Brio platform, is a three-row people carrier set to challenge the Maruti Ertiga. Price wise though, the Mobilio is expected to slot between the Ertiga and Toyota Innova as it is larger and more powerful than Eritga. In India, the MPV segment contributes to 12,000 units/month according to the data released by Honda.
[Spy shots courtesy - Swapnil Mhaske]