The Indian car market is one of the most competitive in the world. Every player needs to take every segment very seriously, and this is why we see limited edition models coming out from all manufacturers at least once a year. The entry-level SUV segment is a perfect example of that. There are currently quite a few cars fighting for a piece of the pie, but competition is about to get even more intense with the arrival of new contenders. One of those will be the all-new Honda Mobilio 2022, which will be hitting the market towards the end of this year. The Japanese manufacturer has been keeping its cards close to its chest so far, but we have managed to unearth some details about their upcoming compact SUV. Here’s what you need to know about it….
2022 Honda Mobilio: Introduction
The Honda Mobilio is the manufacturer’s answer to the growing demand for compact SUVs in the Indian market. Measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,750 mm in width, and 1,550 mm in height, it is expected to sit between the current Jazz and the WR-V in terms of size. While the Jazz is positioned as a premium hatchback, the Mobilio will be positioned as a sub-compact SUV thanks to its upright design and higher ground clearance. This will help it find plenty of customers in the entry-level segment, which has been gaining a lot of traction lately. Honda introduced the Mobilio at the Thailand Auto Expo earlier this year, where it also confirmed that it will be arriving in India soon. We expect it to make its debut towards the end of this year or early. As for the name, it is a carryover from the model that used to be sold in Japan as the Mobilio. The Japan-spec model has since been discontinued, but Honda decided to go with the name once again for the Indian model.
Exterior and Interior Design
The Honda Mobilio is an all-new model, so we expect it to arrive with a design that is very different from the existing models. There hasn’t been any official word on what the Mobilio will look like, but we have managed to dig up a few pictures that show what the upcoming SUV might be like. The pictures suggest that the new SUV will get a more rugged design than its siblings. There will be a prominent chrome bar in the front bumper, the grille is expected to be mounted on the top of the front bumper, and there will be black cladding on the side panels. The roof rails will be there to provide extra load capacity, and the roof itself will be quite boxy. Another thing to note is the positioning of the fog lamps, which will be placed a bit higher than on other Honda SUVs. The rear end is a bit less clear, but it looks like it will also be a bit more rugged than the Jazz. There will be a tailgate with a spoiler, plus the bumper will be black. The design will be similar to the one on the Mobilio Thailand, but the bumper will be a bit more aggressive.
2022 Honda Mobilio Specifications
Honda has confirmed that the new Mobilio will be offered with both a manual transmission and a CVT. What will power it is currently unknown, but we expect the company to use the same engines that are offered on the Jazz. We expect the base model to use the 1.5-liter iVTEC engine that produces 107 PS of power and 142 Nm of torque. The top-spec model, on the other hand, will get the 1.5-liter iVTEC Turbo that produces 163 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque. The company could also extend the 1.5-liter iVTEC Turbo engine to the Mobilio SUV, but it is a bit too early to say. The existing Mobilio is offered with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, but the all-new version is expected to be offered with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. There could be a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine as well, but it is too early to say.
Honda has revealed that the new Mobilio will be a lot more stylish than the current one, but it is yet to reveal any information about the roof, length, or wheelbase. We expect more details to surface once the vehicle’s launch date approaches. The current Mobilio is available with a 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. The powertrain has been well received in the Indian market, which is why we expect Honda to retain it for the new model. There is also a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine, but it is only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. The company may extend a few features from the current Jazz to the new model as well, including the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. It could also offer a few features from the Honda WR-V, including the Drive-Wise mechanisms.
Not Confirmed Yet But Coming Soon
Honda has yet to confirm which features will be offered on the Mobilio, but we expect it to be offered with everything that the Jazz is currently offered with. This means that it will come loaded with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, cruise control, push-button start, keyless entry, etc. The company could also extend a few features from the Honda WR-V to the new model. This would make sense because Honda is aiming to make the Mobilio a more premium offering, and the WR-V is the most premium SUV in the Honda stable at the moment. The Honda Mobilio is expected to be offered with AWD as an optional feature. It won’t be the only AWD SUV in the segment, but it will certainly help the model stand out from the crowd.
The Indian SUV market has been growing steadily over the last few years and the segment has now become highly competitive. Alongside the current offerings like Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, the Honda Mobilio will be a very good addition to the Indian market as it is expected to be a stylish and reliable SUV. Honda has always been known for their stylish and reliable vehicles, so the new Mobilio will certainly make a good choice for people looking for a new SUV. So now that you know what to expect from Honda’s upcoming SUV, which one of the existing ones or the new Mobilio is going to be your next purchase?