Honda is on a roll this year. Hot on the heels of the BR-V, along with the recently updated City, the Japanese automaker has just revealed the 2018 Mobilio for the Philippine market. Like the model showed in Thailand earlier this year, the local-spec seven-seater gets a bold new face, along with more equipment to keep it up to date.
The most noticeable change made to the Mobilio is a new front fascia. Now sporting the 'Solid Wing Face' look, the brand's B-segment MPV is now in line with the newest offerings in Honda's stable. The round headlights are now replaced by larger, upswept headlights. These are then complemented by a single-bar grill and squared-off edges at the front bumper. Also new are the LED guide lights with new rim designs. Also, the grill designs vary depending on the variant selected. The mid-grade 1.5 V gets a chrome treatment while the 1.5 RS comes with a gloss black finish. As for the rest of the body, it carries over unchanged. Also, the 2018 Mobilio RS gets a new color option in the form of Phoenix Orange Pearl.
The interior also got an upgrade for the 2018 model year with all variants getting a new dashboard. In the base 1.5 E M/T and 1.5 V CVT, it now has a revised instrument cluster with blue backlight. The 1.5 V CVT gets a significant upgrade in the infotainment system too. Out goes the old 2-DIN unit and in its place is a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth for phone and audio, as well as USB connectivity. Opt for the RS and the cluster gets orange backlighting plus a rear-view camera with guidelines and a push-start system. Also, the second row seats get the BR-V's one touch fold to tumble system for wider access to the third row.
For the 2018 model year, all variants now come standard with speed sensing automatic door locks. It adds to the Mobilio's list of standard safety kit which includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, dual airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Opt for the RS and it adds Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist.
Engines are carried over from the current Mobilio. That means the 2018 model is powered by the familiar 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine which also sees service in the Jazz and City. Output is rated at 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque while transmission choices remain to be a five-speed manual (for the base model) or a continuously variable transmission. Exclusive to the Mobilio RS are a pair of paddle shifters.
Prices for the 2018 Honda Mobilio are as follows:
Mobilio 1.5 E M/T: Php 829,000
Mobilio 1.5 V CVT: Php 909,000
Mobilio 1.5 RS CVT: Php 1,029,000