According to a report by KompasOtomotif, the humble Honda Mobilio MPV will be on the receiving end of a “major change” in 2016. It is said that a source within Honda revealed the news to the Indonesian publication.
The move is seen as one that would rejuvenate the Mobilio’s appeal in the budget MPV segment in Indonesia. Since the Mobilio’s debut in 2013, several of its class rivals have been launched there, such as the Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Avanza and the Daihatsu Xenia.
Unfortunately, the source that revealed the information didn’t quite specify what exactly the “major change” would entail. No clue was spared either as to when the updated model would be revealed.
To recap, the Honda Mobilio isn’t a model we’re all too familiar with in Malaysia plainly because it was never launched here. The budget MPV is more commonly sold in countries like Thailand and Indonesia.
In Indonesia, for example, four variants of the Mobilio are available for sale, priced from 180.5 million to 221.5 million rupiah (RM57k to RM70k). Each variant is powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine, which offers 118 PS and 144 Nm of torque. Lower-spec variants feature a five-speed manual transmission, while higher-spec versions get a CVT automatic.
The current Honda Mobilio made its global debut in 2013 at the Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS 2013), and it is a little bit surprising to see Honda react to its competition so soon with a “major change” rather than a minor one for its Mobilio MPV.
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