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The Honda Mobilio (Japanese: ホンダ・モビリオ, Honda Mobirio) is a seven-seat mini MPV produced by Japanese automaker Honda. The first generation Mobilio that was produced from 2001 to 2008, was the second model in Honda's Small Max series and also took Honda's Global Small Platform and their i-DSI engine. In May 2008, the Freed was introduced in Japan, replacing the Mobilio. The second generation Mobilio, which is based on the Brio, was introduced in September 2013 and went on sale in January 2014.
First generation (GB1/2; 2001)
|First generation (GB1/2)|
|Production||December 2001 – May 2008|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door minivan|
|Related||Honda Mobilio Spike|
|Wheelbase||2,740 mm (107.9 in)|
|Length||4,055–4,070 mm (159.6–160.2 in)|
|Width||1,685 mm (66.3 in)|
|Curb weight||1,270 kg (2,800 lb)|
The first generation Mobilio is a 1.5 L compact wagon that was designed with recreational activities in mind. The Mobilio Spike was released in Japan on 19 September 2002 and was Honda’s second model in the Small Max series. Due to its outdoor marketing approach, it was sold in Japan at Honda Verno dealership locations. The Mobilio, according to Honda, attained the highest fuel rating in the 7-passenger vehicle class, at 17.2 km/L (49 mpg‑imp; 40 mpg‑US). It was discontinued in May 2008 following the release of the Freed.
The Mobilio featured a spacious cargo area that was 1.86 m (6.09 ft) deep and 1.10 m (3.6 ft) tall and could be configured in 5 modes; utility mode, long mode, twin mode, refresh mode and adjustment mode. Along with the flexible cargo configurations, there are two sliding doors, one on each side. Interior tailgate storage hooks can hold about 5.0 kg (11 lb).
The 1.5 L VTEC engine is designed for both power and fuel economy. The Japanese Ministry of Transport recognized the Mobilio as an "excellent low emissions" vehicle. Also featured in the Mobilio Spike is the Honda Multimatic S (CVT). It is Honda's new generation of CVT with 7-speed mode that offers three driving modes: CVT, 7-speed automatic shift mode and 7-speed manual shift mode. Four-wheel drive is also available. The Mobilio Spike incorporates Honda's G-CON (G-force Control) technology, for enhanced crash safety. The vehicle body is designed to offer protection to occupants in a 55 km/h full-frontal collision, a 64 km/h front offset collision, 55 km/h side collision and a 50 km/h rear collision. Honda has implemented its own vehicle-to-vehicle collision testing program: 50% frontal offset collision with a 2-ton class vehicle while both vehicles traveling at 50 km/h, to help improve safety in real-world collisions. In order to enhance recyclability, almost all interior injection-molded parts are made of olefin resin. Together with other measures, it results in an overall vehicle recyclability of over 90%.
Second generation (DD4/5; 2014)
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|Second generation (DD4/5)|
|Production||January 2014 – present|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door wagon|
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Length||4,385 mm (172.6 in)|
|Width||1,685 mm (66.3 in)|
|Height||1,605 mm (63.2 in)|
The Mobilio nameplate was revived as an MPV model based on the Brio platform, designed mainly for the Indonesian market. It was first unveiled as a prototype model at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show on 19 September 2013. Production of the Mobilio began on 15 January 2014 at Honda Prospect Motor's Karawang plant and sales began on 25 January 2014 in Indonesia. Trim levels offered were S, E, E Prestige and RS (since June 2014) with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT (E, E Prestige and RS only) transmission. The second generation Mobilio is powered by either the 1.5 L L15Z1 i-VTEC petrol engine or the 1.5 L N15A1 i-DTEC diesel engine for Indian market. In the same year, the Mobilio won the Car of the Year Otomotif Award 2014 in Indonesia.
The Mobilio was also introduced into the Indian market in July 2014. It was discontinued in July 2017 due to poor sales. It was also introduced in Thailand in September 2014 and South Africa in October 2014.
The Mobilio was introduced in the Philippines on 1 May 2015. All Philippine-spec Mobilios are imported from the Ayutthaya plant in Thailand.
On 19 January 2016, the Mobilio received a minor change in Indonesia, which introduced an updated dashboard design carried from the BR-V.
On 19 June 2014, Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia released the sportier variant, the Mobilio RS. The RS variant came with a sportier bodykit, projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, a sportier 15" wheel, silver roof garnish, full black interior, silver matte door handle, speed sensing door lock, tweeter, audio steering switch, and double door insulation to reduce noise in the cabin. It was offered with new colors, with Carnelian Red Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic replacing Polished Metal Metallic. Either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission are offered.
On 12 January 2017, the Mobilio received a facelift, featuring redesigned front fascia and an addition of thin chrome bars on the trunk.
During the 26th Indonesia International Motor Show on 19 April 2018, the Mobilio E CVT Special Edition was released with a unique front grille, redesigned 15-inch two-tone alloy wheels, exhaust pipe finisher, 8-inch floating touchscreen display head unit and armrest console.
On 21 February 2019, the Indonesian market Mobilio received another update, featuring projector headlights with LED daytime running lamps exclusive to the E and RS trims. The RS trim receives the 15-inch two-tone alloy wheels that is optional for the N-Box Custom kei car, while the E trim received the wheels previously used on the facelifted RS trim. The S trim received the same front grille and wheels as the Mobilio E CVT Special Edition. 6.2-inch resistive touchscreen display head unit is now standard in both S and E trims. The RS trim received shark fin antenna, smoked taillamps, orange accent trims on the dashboard, red stiching on the seats, redesigned meter cluster with RS logo and 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display head unit.
In April 2014, 7,526 units of Honda Mobilio are sold, or more than 50 percent of the selling leader of mini MPVs, Toyota Avanza which has been on the market since 2004. During June 2014, there are 10,896 units of Honda Mobilios are sold, meanwhile the Avanza is only sold for 14,892 units. At the end of August 2014 year to date, Honda sold 110,457 units and increased by 78 percent from last year of the same period, the Mobilio made a debut with 59,377 sales units or about 54 percent of all Honda sales. The Mobilio became Honda's top seller in Indonesia for 2016.
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