The Indian MPV market has been the very stylish and comfortable Innova from the world’s auto leader Toyota Motor. The Innova has been the constant and undisputed market leader ever since it launched in India. However, now many suspect the continued leadership of the superior Innova, as Toyota’s fellow Japanese car maker Honda is about to launch its Mobilio in India.
The Innova and the Mobilio do not belong to the same segment however. While the Toyota Innova is a full sized premium MPV, the soon to be launched Honda Mobilio is a smaller sub-compact MPV, and the Mobilio’s primary market rival would be the Maruti Ertiga compact MPV. Nevertheless, the Honda Mobilio with its great looks, superb space, premium interiors, smart seating arrangements and expected competitive pricing, might as well dislodge the Toyota Innova from its ruling position.
At a time when Honda has officially confirmed the much-awaited Mobilio 7-seater MPV’s India launch on July 23rd, 2014. Let us take a look at what the Toyota Innova and the Honda Mobilio have on offer.
The Toyota Innova is a larger MPV with a length of 4585mm, width measuring 1765mm and height of 1760mm, along with a wheelbase of 2750mm and the impressive ground clearance of 176 mm.
On the other hand, the Honda Mobilio is 4,390mm long, 1,680mm wide and 1,610mm tall. The sub-compact MPV has a wheelbase of 2,650mm and a great ground clearance of 189mm.
Thus, the Honda Mobilio though smaller in dimensions will have ample space and comfort. Moreover, its more compact body will make it a perfect MPV for the highly traffic stricken roads. The Honda Mobilio also has a better ground clearance than the Toyota Innova, thus ensuring that it will have better off roading capabilities with a go anywhere attitude.
The Toyota Innova MPV is offered for sale in the Indian car market powered by a 2 liter 1TR-FE 1998cc, 4-cylinder petrol motor, while the Innova diesel packs in a 2.5 liter 2KD-FTV 2494cc, 4-cylinder diesel mill. Both the engines are mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. While the petrol Innova offers the fuel efficiency of 11.4 km per liter, the diesel Innova offers the mileage of 13 km per liter.
On the other hand, the upcoming Honda Mobilio will be offered in India powered by the two very efficient engines that also drive the massively popular new Honda City sedan. The Mobilio petrol will pack in the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine, while the Mobilio diesel will be powered by the star performing 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel motor. Honda Mobilio petrol would offer an expected mileage 18 km per liter, the diesel version will offer a massive 24.2 km per liter.
The Honda Mobilio is thus a clear mileage winner.
In terms of pricing, the Toyota Innova is expensive with a price range of 9.97 lakhs to 14.92 lakhs, while the Honda Mobilio is expected to have a price range of 6.5 lakhs to 9 lakhs.