Who would've thought the Honda Mobilio could look this good? Honda Cars Philippines has brought in the seven-seat MPV's refresh and a new RS variant, and we have to say we're impressed with the results.
Gone are the vehicle's Brio-esque bug-eyed headlamps, replaced by a much more aggressive design more akin to a Honda sedan or a crossover than a 'mom mobile' (if you can even still call it that). The new front fascia gives off a sportier vibe, as does the new front grille and redesigned 15-inch alloy wheels. The new RS variant finally gets aesthetics fitting of the badge, which include RS-designed 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and a gloss black front-grille.
Inside, occupants are now met by an interior and dashboard layout more akin to the Jazz and other Honda models, rather than the plain one the MPV had at launch. There's nicer plastic and trim, and a much cozier and premium vibe about it. It comes equipped with a redesigned instrument cluster, while RS owners get special RS-style gauges with orange illumination. Higher-end models also get a new seven-inch touchscreen among other improvements. Adding a new driving dynamic is the availability of paddle shifters in the RS model.
All Mobilio units now come with speed sensing automatic door locks as standard, while RS variants get vehicle stability assist and hill start assist. The RS also comes with an integrated rear view camera and a smart entry push-to-start system.
The updated Mobilio still runs on a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an output of 118hp and 145Nm. Below are the official prices and variants:
*Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi – P1,029,000
*Mobilio 1.5 V CVT – P909,000
*Mobilio 1.5 E MT – P829,000
All this and the car retains its signature space and practical 60:40 rear folding seats. With new looks inside and out, can we now consider the Mobilio as the sporty alternative to plain Jane family MPVs? What do you think?