Honda Mobilio – Slated to launch tomorrow (23rd July 2014) in Delhi, MPV segment entrant is expected to send competitors like Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy behind and become segment leader in a short span. With best in class ground clearance and fuel efficiency as claimed by Honda, Mobilio would follow the success path of Honda City.
Engine options on Honda Mobilio will be same as City’s, with Earth Dreams 1.5 litre diesel unit producing 100 PS max. power and 200 Nm peak torque. This engine on Mobilio is more powerful and efficient as well, but Honda has limited top speed at 143 kmph, giving rivals the advantage of taking over on highway. For instance, Maruti Ertiga can get past 160 kmph.
Petrol model gets renowned 1.5 litre iVTEC engine that sends out 119 PS max. power and 145 Nm peak torque. It gives mileage of 17.3 kmpl. Yet again, this engine makes Mobilio throw more punch whilst saving more fuel than competitors.
Check our review of Honda Mobilio Petrol and Diesel variants to know more about the stylish 7 seater MPV.
Datsun Go+ – While MPV segment is booming in India, another new arrival, from Datsun, would definitely be welcomed and appreciated by buyers on budget. Since it is based on entry level hatchback Datsun Go, price of Go+ MPV would be highly compelling. In Indonesia, launched in May 2014, base variant starts at Rp 85 million (Rs. 4.42 lakhs approx.) and price of Go+ high end is Rp 102.9 million (Rs. 5.36 lakhs approx.). 5 variants in between the price bracket was launched there.
Petrol engine from Datsun Go hatchback will be shared by Go+ MPV. 1.2 litre motor with inline 3 cylinder and 12 valve configuration has Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) and Electronic Gasoline Injection System (EGIS). Maximum power of 68 PS at 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 rpm are churned out by the engine. Cable type 5 speed manual transmission system with hydraulic clutch operating system does duty on Go hatchback. Datsun Go+ MPV will not receive a diesel engine, at least when it is launched. More on Datsun Go+ MPV here.
Fiat Avventura – MPVs apart, if you want a 5 seater with bigger and sportier appeal than a hatchback, you might add Fiat Avventura to the list. Expected to launch by November 2014, Avventura crossover based on Punto EVO hatchback will be functionally better equipped than its rivals Volkswagen Polo Cross and Toyota Etios Cross.
For starters, expected off-road assist features like increased ground clearance to 200mm, protective lower body cladding, projector headlamps, compass for navigation, inclinometer, tilt meter, etc would make Fiat Avventura convincing for mild / weekend off-roaders. Not to mention the rugged appeal of muscular bodywork and tailgate mounted spare wheel.
Powertrain kits would be shared from Fiat Punto EVO; include a 1.2 litre petrol engine making 68 PS & 96 Nm, a 1.4 litre petrol unit pushing 90 PS & 114 Nm, two 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engines, one producing 76 PS and other sending 93 PS out, all through front wheels. 5 speed transmission is only available option, no AMT.
Learn more about Fiat Avventura crossover here.
Mahindra Scorpio facelift – Spotted testing several times, upgraded version will feature new front fascia with revamped grille, redesigned bumper, new projector headlights and LED tail lamps. Silhouette remains the same as outgoing model. Interiors get better fit, finish and improved material quality, augmenting value for money factor.
2014 Mahindra Scorpio shares steering wheel style from XUV 500, with better controls. Fresh instrument cluster, redesigned air-con vents and new multimedia system on centre console are offered to give Scorpio a better, upmarket feel. Powerplant options would most likely feature same 2.2 mHawk engine giving out 120 PS max. power and 2.5 liter m2DiCR engine sending 75 PS via 5 speed manual gearbox. A five speed automatic transmission setup for 2014 Scorpio is also in works. Rivalry for new Scorpio will be more fierce than now, once Renault Duster 4×4 launches. More about upcoming Scorpio here.
Renault Duster 4×4 – Confirmed at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, 4WD variant will certainly reach showrooms in India; launch by October 2014. Renault Duster being a well received compact SUV, will become more attractive with 4×4 option in the brochure. Although Duster starts at under Rs. 10 lakhs, 4WD model will probably be top of line only, costing about Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1 lakh higher than 4×2 top end variant, somewhere around Rs. 13 lakhs.
Petrol version would not be receiving 4×4 setup, only high tune 1.5 dCi THP 4 cylinder diesel engine producing 110 PS @ 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm @ 2,250 rpm, will. 6 speed transmission box would do duty on Renault Duster 4×4 as well. Rest of features in Duster 4×4 would not see any change. Competition would expand with Mahindra XUV500, Scorpio and Tata Safari Storme in 4×4 segment. More on Duster 4×4 here.