A follow-on update to our recent report on the Mobilio’s origins (and celebrity): the 2017 refresh of the popular mini MPV was launched this week in a surprise move by Honda Cars Philippines.  The new Mobilio brandishes the much anticipated front-end redesign, updating her to the Solid Wing theme, Honda’s trademark look that’s already sported by most of their other models, particularly last year’s all-new BR-V. 

The Mobilio’s much publicized SUV evolution, the BR-V was introduced globally in January 2016 and brought here just eight months later for its debut at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show.  That in itself, the short eight month wait, suggests the spin-off SUV hit the ground running and dove straight into ready market demand.  The BR-V’s contours easily mark it as a Mobilio derivative, except for the fascia which put an edgier, more square-jawed expression on the sport utility.  The BR-V looks, rather handsomely, like its bigger-boned CR-V sibling.  And the result, apparently, has been a strong push to give the same treatment to what started it all: the Mobilio, the mother MPV.  Consequently, after the Mobilio update was introduced globally into its maiden Thailand market last January (one year after the BR-V’s global intro), she arrives here a mere six months later (and beating the BR-V’s record-setting eight months).

The new Mobilio brings a slight price bump, raising the floor on its price range by P7k with an SRP of P829k for its base E MT variant, and putting its top-spec RS variant (with upscale appointments first introduced in the BR-V) over the million mark at P1,029k.  Nevertheless, this stretched out price range sits well in Honda’s structure, putting the Mobilio, and the BR-V, in this economy niche for sensible seven-seaters. What Honda now delivers are MPV – SUV twins for growth markets where, as we phrased it in our recent Mobilio report, those five economy seats in base model sedans and hatchbacks won’t stop new owners from doing the math and instead choosing the greater capacities of these crossed-over people-movers.

 


<Source> Press Statement by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., “Honda rolls out redesigned Mobilio,” 2017:

17 July 2017—Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, introduces the highly anticipated refreshed New Mobilio. The 7-seater Multi-purpose Utility Vehicle (MUV) now comes with a bolder and sportier exterior, enhanced interior, and upgraded comfort and safety features that satisfy the Filipino families’ needs and expectations in an all-around vehicle.

The New Mobilio sports a bolder exterior with its redesigned front fascia characterized by a new front grille and headlights with LED Guide Type Position Lights that truly highlight Honda’s unique identity. The 1.5 V CVT and 1.5 E MT variants boast a new Chrome Front Grille complemented by newly-designed 15-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels (for the 1.5 V CVT variant) for a tougher and stronger stance. The top-of-the-line New Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi variant is made even sportier with its new RS design Gloss Black Front Grille, and newly-designed 15-inch RS design Aluminum Alloy Wheels.

Inside, customers are welcomed with a new sophisticated dashboard packed with smart and functional controls. A Blue Illuminated Instrument Cluster is now incorporated in the New Mobilio 1.5 V CVT and 1.5 E MT variants. A new 7-inch Touchscreen Audio System with Bluetooth Hands-free Telephone and Audio Streaming, USB Connectivity is also integrated in the 1.5 V CVT variant, together with exclusive black fabric seats and silver trim on its front AC vent panel for a more premium touch.

On the other hand, the New Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi variant further expresses its sporty character in its interior, as it is now designed with black fabric seats with orange stitching, and dark metal finish on the door panel armrest and front AC vent panel. This variant is also equipped with more premium upgrades, including a new RS design Instrument Cluster with orange illumination, and a 7-inch Touchscreen Audio System with Navigation that includes Bluetooth Hands-free Telephone and Audio Streaming, USB Connectivity, and an Integrated Rear View Camera with Guidelines. For a more advanced customer experience, the New Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi variant is also now integrated with a Smart Entry with Push Start System.

Furthermore, the New Mobilio retains a spacious cabin designed to comfortably accommodate a family of seven. The second row has 60:40 split folding seats that Slide, Recline, and features a One Touch Fold-to-Tumble function to create generous legroom and knee clearance as well as easy ingress and egress from the third row. Meanwhile, the third row has 50:50 Split folding seats that recline and has a Fold-to-Tumble back seats flexibility in accommodating different hauling needs.

The New Mobilio is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that produces 120PS at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed Manual Transmission (for the E variant) or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology that delivers a dynamic and fuel efficient driving performance. Also new to the New Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi variant are Paddle Shifters that provide an even sportier driving experience.

Along with these advanced and functional upgrades, the New Mobilio is equipped with new safety features to ensure utmost safety of all its seven passengers. All variants are equipped with Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock, Dual Front SRS airbags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), G-CON Body structure, and Child Seat Anchor (ISOFIX). For added safety, the 1.5 RS Navi will also be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Hill Start Assist (HSA) unique in the MUV segment.

The New Mobilio is now available in all Honda Car dealerships nationwide with the following color options and suggested retail prices:

Color Options:

– Phoenix Orange Pearl (New Color – exclusive to 1.5 RS Navi variant only)

– Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic (1.5 RS Navi and 1.5 V CVT variants only)

– White Orchid Pearl * (exclusive to 1.5 RS Navi variant only)

– Crystal Black Pearl

– Lunar Silver Metallic

– Taffeta White (1.5 V CVT and 1.5 E MT variants only)

*Additional Php 20,000

Suggested Retail Prices:

– 1.5 RS Navi – Php 1,029,000

– 1.5 V CVT – Php 909,000

– 1.5 E MT – Php 829,000

For more information on the New Mobilio, visit your nearest Honda Car dealership or log on to http://www.hondaphil.com.

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