Honda has launched an updated version of the Mobilio MPV in Indonesia. While the update on the exterior is minimal, the interior gets a completely new layout. The design of the new dashboard is inspired from the upcoming BR-V SUV and now looks more up market. The previous dashboard, which was based on the Brio hatchback, was criticised for its quality.
The round-shaped air con vent has now made way for a rectangular one. The centre of the dashboard features a touchscreen entertainment system with integrated reverse-camera display. The three-pod dials made way for conventional cluster with blue back light. The steering wheel remains the same three-spoke unit. Additionally, the 2016 Mobilio gets automatic climate control. A new cup-holder has been added in place of the rotary button of the previous manual AC.
On the exterior, the 2016 Mobilio comes with newly designed alloy wheels and chrome touches in front and rear bumpers. There is no change in the power train. Under the hood, Honda Mobilio packs a 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine or a 1.5 L i-VTEC petrol engine. The diesel engine of the Mobilio delivers 99bhp at 3,600rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 1,750rpm, while the petrol model promises a maximum power of 118bhp at 6,600rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm at 4,600rpm. Both engines come mated to five-speed manual transmission.
Honda Mobilio is not a volume-seller for Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL). HCIL sold only 192 units of the Mobilio in December 2015. The updated version is expected in India soon to get the sales back on track.