Best MPV 2014

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Here is our selection of the best MPVs and seven-seat 4x4s on sale in 2014. All of them are family-friendly with comfortable and practical cabins, while also offering a good balance between price, specification and overall running costs. Most feature flexible seating and clever touches to make transporting the family that much easier. You’ll find something to suit a range of tastes, budgets and requirements, from small MPVs to seven-seat 4x4s.

Honda Mobilio

Expected Launch: Late 2014

Expected Price: Between Rs 8-12 Lakh

Based on the Honda Brio hatchback and the Honda Amaze sedan, the Mobilio is Honda’s answer to the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga and the soon to be launched Hyundai MPV. The Mobilio was officially introduced at the 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show and will be offered with seven seats.

Honda Mobilio - Side 2014

Honda Mobilio - Rear angle, 2014

The Honda Mobilio will be powered by Honda’s all-new 1.5 Litre i-Dtec engine which produces 100PS of peak power and 200Nm of peak torque. The Mobilio will also have a petrol option and will be powered by the 1.5 Litre i-Vtec engine that currently does duty in the Honda City. The Honda Mobilio might also be offered with a factory LPG/CNG option but details on that front seem to be a little sketchy. The Honda Mobilio will be available in both manual and automatic versions with the Automatic expected to have features like paddle shifters.

At first glance, the Mobilio will look very similar to the Brio and the Amaze but will feature a larger grille with a more prominent chrome styling feature running across the front of the car. The rear though will be completely new with large tail lights and an angular recess to house the license plate. The floating D-Pillar and the kink in the window line along the side will help to break the visual bulk of the Honda Mobilio.

The Honda Mobilio will share its dashboard with Brio and Amaze although we assume the Mobilio will be offered with a two-tone beige interior so as to give it a slightly enhanced feel of luxury. Expect Mobilio to be priced between 8-12 Lakh when it is introduced in the second half of 2014. In fact, considering Honda’s recent price strategies, we wont be surprised if a base version of the Honda Mobilio is priced even lower

 

Datsun Go+

Expected Launch: Late 2014

Expected Price: Rs 5-8 Lakh

Datsun unveiled it’s second car, the Go+ in Indonesia last month. Based on the Go hatchback, the Go+ is a 7-seater MPV that will make it’s way to India in 2014. The GO+ is based on the Go hatchback platform and features similar styling. The Go+ will share most of its components with the Go hatchback including identical styling and powertrain options. The Go+ will also share the same wheelbase as that of the hatchback at 2450mm but will feature an extra 210mm length to accommodate the extra seats. The overall length though will still be under the 4-meter mark, which will entitle the Go+ to be entitled for excise benefits when it reaches Indian shores.

Datsun Go+ - Fornt Angle

Just as with the exterior, the Go+ will share its interior with the Go hatchback. This means that the Go+ too will have a semi-bench seat format and will feature a dashboard mounted gearshift lever. The Datsun Go+ will also feature the Datsun Mobile Docking Station for smartphone integration. The big difference in the interior will be the addition of two extra seats in the third row. We believe these seats will be removable so as to facilitate extra baggage space to suit every customer preference

Datsun Go+ - Rear Angle

The Go+ will be made at Nissan’s Chennai plant and is expected to be priced extremely competitively. We expect the Datsun Go+ price to be between Rs 5-8 lakh with entry-level models priced as low as Rs 5.5-6 Lakh. If priced correctly, the Datsun Go+ will definitely make a dent in the MPV segment and the Indian automotive scene en masse.

 

Hyundai’s new MPV

Expected Launch: mid 2014

Expected Price: Rs 8-12 Lakh

Hyundai’s MPV was on our ‘Cars for 2013’ list too but sadly hasn’t made it to India yet. However, the Hyundai’s new MPV will certainly make it to Indian during the first half of 2014. Based on the Hexa Space Concept, code named the HND-7 that caught many eyeballs at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, Hyundai’s new MPV is said to be in final stages of development and testing.

Hyundai’s new MPV - Rear angle, 2014

The Hexa Space derived production MPV will feature the same fluidic design elements like a large grille and swept back headlamps. We expect the new MPV to derive its mechanical components from the Grand i10. The Grand i10 platform will also derive a sub-4 meter saloon next year along with the MPV.

Hyundai’s new MPV - Side 2014

Although no information is known about the upcoming MPV, we assume the car will be have a seven seat option and will feature both petrol and diesel variants. The MPV will also be offered with both Petrol and Diesel power train options and will also be available in both manual and automatic gearbox options. It is unclear if the Hyundai MPV will be under 4 meters, however we do expect a range topping version to have some of the mechanicals from cars like the Hyundai Verna too. Expect the Hyundai MPV to be one of the biggest hot sellers of 2014. We expect the new Hyundai MPV to be priced between Rs 8-12 Lakh.

 

Renault’s new MPV

Expected Launch: Late 2014

Expected Price: Rs 8-12 Lakh

Renault has tasted success with the Duster and is now all set to enter the MPV sector with its Lodgy MUV. With plans to bring out the Lodgy MPV by the end of 2014 and a second MPV, which will be a badge engineered version based on the Nissan Evalia, Renault is serious about entering the highly competitive MPV market.

Renault’s new MPV - Fornt angle

The Lodgy, originally marketed as a Dacia in certain European markets, is a 7-seater MPV with similar underpinnings to the likes of the Renault Duster. Codenamed the J92, the Lodgy will be a key MPV to take on the established contenders like the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. The Lodgy should be about 4500mm long and feature ample amounts of interior space for both passengers and luggage.

Renault’s new MPV - Rear angle, 2014

Mechanically, the Lodgy will share it’s engine offerings with the Renault Duster. Expect the Lodgy to be available in both Petrol and two Diesel engine options. The Lodgy will also share most of the Duster’s interior trim like dashboard and seats so as to minimize costs. Expect the Lodgy to be priced extremely competitively between the range of Rs 8-12 Lakh and an even cheaper entry level model aimed at fleet and taxi operators.

 

Force Motors’s new MPV

Expected Launch: Mid 2014

Expected Price: Rs 8-12 Lakh

Here is our selection of the best MPVs and seven-seat 4x4s on sale in 2014.

Force Motors’s new MPV - Side 2014

All of them are family-friendly with comfortable and practical cabins, while also offering a good balance between price, specification and overall running costs. Most feature flexible seating and clever touches to make transporting the family that much easier. You’ll find something to suit a range of tastes, budgets and requirements, from small MPVs to seven-seat 4x4s.

 

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