All automobile gurus were in anticipation of the launch of the Honda Mobilio and the new Honda Jazz as well, and as expected, Honda did reveal the Mobilio and Jazz at the Auto Expo in Delhi. We take a look at both of the cars in this article.
First off, it’s the Honda Mobilio. The whole country waited with baited breath for the reveal of the Mobilio, of which drive reports started coming out a few weeks ago. It was the first MPV from Honda in India, all the reviews and drive reports of the car were positive and it was touted to be the car that would take away the crown from the segment bestseller, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and hence the anticipation. The Mobilio is based on the Brio Platform and claims to offer seating for 7 adults, though more than 6 will be a tight squeeze. The Mobilio will be sold with both, a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol version is powered by the 1.5-litre i-Vtec engine which has been doing duty in the Honda City for quite some time now, and the diesel will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-Dtec turbo-diesel also seen under the hood of the new city and amaze sedans.
Honda also revealed the new 3rd Jazz hatchback for its second innings in India. The Jazz was earlier available in India, but only with a petrol engine while the competitors had some superb diesel engines which nearly matched the petrol in performance. Honda had also positioned the Jazz as a premium hatchback, but the concept of ‘Premium’ hatchbacks had not yet caught up in India at that time and demand for the Jazz fell causing production to eventually be stopped. Now though, Honda is launching the new Jazz with a diesel engine as well. The new Jazz will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-Dtec turbo-diesel engine found in the Honda City and Amaze sedan with an output of nearly 100 BHP it performs very well too. For those who want a petrol powered car, the Jazz will be made available with the older 1.2-litre petrol engine, but in a different state of tune to allow for more performance.
Honda came out to the Auto Expo with all guns blazing this year, along with these two new cars, Honda also had the current line-up on display at the Auto Expo, but the cars that stole the show for Honda were the XS-1 concept creative study model, the Accord Hybrid and the new NSX Concept car.
The Mobilio will be launched by mid-2014, and the new Jazz will be launched by the end of 2014. With all these models, it looks like, Honda’s future in India just got brighter.
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