Honda Mobilio

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Honda Mobilio
Honda Mobilio (27264540916).jpg
2014 Honda Mobilio E (DD4, Indonesia)
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
Production
  • December 2001 – May 2008 (Japan)
  • January 2014 – present (International)
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV

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/GB2; 2001–2008)[edit]

First generation (GB1/GB2)
Honda Mobilio 2001.JPG
2001–2004 Honda Mobilio (pre-facelift, Japan)
Overview
ProductionDecember 2001 – May 2008
AssemblyJapan
Body and chassis
Body style5-door van
Layout
RelatedHonda Mobilio Spike
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 66 kW (89 hp; 90 PS) (L15A2 i-DSI)
  • 81 kW (109 hp; 110 PS) (L15A1 VTEC)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Length4,055–4,070 mm (159.6–160.2 in)
Width1,685 mm (66.3 in)
Height
  • 1,705 mm (67.1 in) (FWD)
  • 1,725 mm (67.9 in) (4WD)
Curb weight1,270 kg (2,800 lb)
Chronology
SuccessorHonda Freed

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%.[1]

Second generation (DD4; 2014–present)[edit]

Second generation (DD4)
Honda Mobilio E - Front view - June 2 2015.JPG
2015 Honda Mobilio E (DD4; pre-facelift, Indonesia)
Overview
ProductionJanuary 2014 – present
Assembly
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 88 kW (118 hp; 120 PS) (petrol)
  • 73.5 kW (99 hp; 100 PS) (diesel)
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual (petrol)
  • 6-speed manual (diesel)
  • CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length4,386 mm (172.7 in)
Width1,683 mm (66.3 in)
Height1,603 mm (63.1 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,149 kg (2,533 lb) (manual)
  • 1,169 kg (2,577 lb) (CVT)
2015 Honda Mobilio E (DD4; pre-facelift, Indonesia)

In September 2013, the Mobilio was revived with major changes, such as the discontinuation of sliding doors, and is based on the Brio platform. 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 are S, E, E Prestige and RS with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT (E, E Prestige and RS only) transmission. The second generation Mobilio uses a 1.5 L L15Z1 i-VTEC Petrol engine or a 1.5 L Earth Dream i-DTEC Diesel engine.[2] As for 2014, a diesel powertrain have not been introduced for the Indonesian market. The Mobilio won the Car of the Year Otomotif Award 2014 in Indonesia.[3][4][5] During April 2014, the Mobilio sold 7,526 units or more than 50 percent of the selling leader of mini MPVs, Toyota Avanza which has been released since 2003.[6] During June 2014, the Mobilio sold 10,896 units while the Avanza sold 14,892 units.[7] 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.[8] The Mobilio became Honda's top seller in Indonesia for 2016.[9]

The Mobilio was also introduced into the Indian market in July 2014.[10] It was discontinued in July 2017 due to poor sales.[11] It was also introduced in Thailand in September 2014[12] and South Africa in October 2014.[13]

The Mobilio was introduced in the Philippines on 1 May 2015. On the next day, 2 May, the first appearance of the Mobilio debuted on the automotive magazine show Turbo Zone on GMA News TV. All Philippine-spec Mobilios are imported from the Ayutthaya plant in Thailand.

Mobilio RS[edit]

2016 Honda Mobilio RS (DD4; pre-facelift, Indonesia)

On 19 June 2014, Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia released the sportier variant, the Mobilio RS. The RS variant was more radical, including a sportier body kit, 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 make the chassis more rigid. These changes were very significant compared with the Prestige variant. It was offered with new colors, with Carnelian Red Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic replacing Polished Metal Metallic, and the other colors in the standard Mobilio are also offered except Premium Blue Pearl. Either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission are offered.

Facelift[edit]

On 12 January 2017, the Mobilio received a facelift, featuring a new redesigned headlamps and front grille. This facelift update was introduced after three years of its initial launch without significant changes except the redesigned dashboard on the 2016 Mobilio (also used on the BR-V). The Indonesian market Mobilio is available in three trim levels. The trim levels consist of S, E and RS. The S trim is only available with a manual transmission.

The facelifted Mobilio is available in Thailand from May 2017 and the Philippines from July 2017.[14][15][16]

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 receives another update, featuring projector headlamps 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,[17][18] 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 garnish on dashboard, red stiching on seats, redesigned meter cluster with RS logo and 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display head unit.

Sales[edit]

Calendar Year Thailand Indonesia India[19]
2014 3,101[20] 79,288[21] 22,896
2015 5,825[22] 42,932[21] 14,474
2016 1,215[23] 28,981[24] 3,355
2017 2,677[25] 26,023[26] 63
2018 2,082[27] 24,373[28] N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honda Releases the new Mobilio --- A New Style of Compact Minivan (21 Dec 2001)". Honda. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ Heru Andriyanto (14 March 2014). "Mobilio Aims to Make a Splash".
  3. ^ "Honda Mobilio Sabet Mobil Terbaik Tahun Ini". 27 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Honda Mobilio, Raih Otomotif Award Mobil Terbaik 2014". 29 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Honda Mobilio Raih Penghargaaan Car of the Year 2014". 31 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Indonesia. Dealers have sold 14118 Toyota Avanzas during April 2014". Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ Kharisma Tri Saputra (22 July 2014). "Ini 10 Mobil Terlaris Pada Bulan Juni".
  8. ^ Biju Dwarakanath (5 September 2014). "INDONESIA PRESS-Honda car sales up 78 pct in Jan-August - Kontan".
  9. ^ Maulia, Erwida (8 February 2017). "Honda muscles into No. 2 spot among automakers in Indonesia". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  10. ^ Punia, Bunny. "Honda Mobilio launched, priced from Rs 6.49 lakh for petrol & Rs 7.89 lakh for diesel models". Gaadi.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  11. ^ https://auto.ndtv.com/news/honda-mobilio-discontinued-in-india-1720736
  12. ^ Tan, Danny. "Honda Mobilio MPV launched in Thailand, from RM60k". PaulTan. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Honda's new little big guy - the Mobilio". Wheels24.
  14. ^ Leu, Richard (9 May 2017). "2017 Honda Mobilio facelift: Thai pricing and specs". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  15. ^ Pabustan, Dan (18 July 2017). "Honda PH launches refreshed Mobilio". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Honda PH launches redesigned Mobilio". motioncars.inquirer.net. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Honda N-BOX 公式情報ページ". Honda公式ホームページ (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.gridoto.com/read/221647938/ubahan-baru-di-honda-mobilio-rs-ternyata-diambil-dari-mobil-mobil-ini#!%2F
  19. ^ https://www.marklines.com/en/vehicle_sales/year/model?nationCode=IND&fromYear=2009&toYear=2018&carBrandId=117
  20. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2014". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  21. ^ a b https://otomotif.kompas.com/read/2016/01/21/161528115/Mobil.Terlaris.Sepanjang.2015
  22. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2015". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2016". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  24. ^ https://oto.detik.com/mobil/d-3410773/20-mobil-terlaris-di-indonesia-tahun-2016
  25. ^ "Thailand cars sales report 2017". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  26. ^ https://oto.detik.com/mobil/d-3818852/20-mobil-terlaris-tahun-2017
  27. ^ "Hatchback+Sedan". HeadlightMag.com. Thailand. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  28. ^ https://oto.detik.com/mobil/d-4389017/depak-xpander-avanza-mobil-terlaris-indonesia-tahun-2018

External links[edit]

  • Official websites