The July has been an action packed month for the Indian auto industry. We have already witnessed a couple of big launches this month and few more are yet to happen before the end of July. Japanese car manufacturer Honda will launch its much-anticipated Mobilio MPV tomorrow. While Mobilio is a car to target mass market, BMW is set to launch its first ever hybrid car- 7-Series ActiveHybrid on July 23.
The Honda Mobilio bookings have already been started at a token amount of Rs. 50,000 and the deliveries are expected to commence tomorrow. Based on the extended version of the versatile Brio platform, the Mobilio will compete against the likes of Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia and Toyota Innova. The seven-seater MPV comes with a high ground clearance of 189mm and wheelbase of 2650mm.
The Honda Mobilio will be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC produces 119PS and 145Nm of peak torque while the oil burner has 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine producing 119PS and 145Nm of torque. Both the engines are paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. It is claimed to return an impressive fuel economy of 24.02kmpl, while the petrol model returns 17.3kmpl of mileage.
On the other hand, the BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid is expected to be powered by a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 320bhp and 450Nm of peak torque. This engine is coupled to an electric motor that develops 55bhp and 210Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to rear wheels of the saloon via the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. It accelerates to 100kmph from rest in mere 5.7 seconds and attains an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. This 7-Series ActiveHybrid returns 14.7kmpl of fuel efficiency. The hybrid saloon is equipped with special displays on the instrument cluster to display the real-time efficiency and status of the hybrid components.