It was a busy day for Honda in ASEAN yesterday. Not only did the company unveil the City facelift in Thailand, it also launched the Mobilio facelift in Indonesia. Both are among the most popular models in the respective markets.
The Mobilio gets a rather big facelift that ditches its rounded features for a more angular and formal looking front end. The new family face with a thick chrome bar grille – with ends poking into the headlamps – is as seen on the City facelift, inspired by the new Civic FC. As a result, the seven-seat Low-MPV looks less like the cutesy pre-facelift Brio hatchback that it shares a platform with now. The bonnet is also new to match the fresh grille and headlamps, which have LED guide lights.
Like the City FL, there’s less change at the back – only a slightly different rear license plate garnish is onboard. New design 15-inch alloy rims complete the exterior changes.
Inside, the Mobilio’s City/Jazz-style dashboard is unchanged, and the new bits are all related to comfort. More specifically, seat comfort. The front seats are no longer one-piece items; the backrests now have independent and adjustable headrests, and there’s also one for the middle seat in the second row too. “Thicker cushion” have been used for the seats.
No mechanical changes to the MPV sister of the B-RV, which means that under the hood lies the proven 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with 118 PS and 144 Nm of torque. The Euro 4 engine is paired to a five-speed manual and CVT automatic, depending on variant.
The Mobilio is available in five grades – S, E, E CVT, RS and RS CVT – with the E CVT Prestige removed from the range. Standard across the board are two airbags, ABS and EBD, a double blower air con and a digital AC panel. All except for the base S – which is manual-only – get 15-inch alloys, wing mirrors with LED turn signals and fog lamps.
While the S has a black interior, the E brings on a light-coloured ivory theme, along with electric mirrors, sliding second row seats and four speakers (over two). The E CVT adds on steering buttons that control a 6.2-inch touchscreen head unit with reverse camera (the S and E makes do with a standard double DIN unit).
The sporty orange car in the pics here is the Mobilio RS, which is available in MT and CVT. Besides unique two-tone rims, plenty of black-painted trim/add ons (replaces chrome) and RS badges; the top variant comes with retractable mirrors, a new meter cluster with sportier design, and a 6.8-inch touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth and six speakers. Also in are driver and passengger seatbelt reminders and auto air con. The RS CVT adds on VSC and Hill Start Assist. Of course, Modulo accessories are available.
The refreshed Honda Mobilio is slightly more expensive than before in Indonesia. Prices start from 189.5 million rupiah (RM63,388) for the base S to 243.5 million rupiah (RM81,451) for the RS CVT.