By the looks of things, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the MPV. Suzuki released the second-generation Ertiga, Nissan has just released the all-new Livina, and Toyota Avanza was heavily facelifted earlier this year. Now, it's Honda's turn and they've given the Mobilio a bit of a makeover.
Honda's updates on the Mobilio are on the minor side, but it's enough to make a difference nonetheless. So what have they done to Honda's popular seven-seater? For starters, they've given the standard E model projector headlights, along with LED daytime running lights. Also, the front apron is deeper than before. Even the side skirts and rear bumper kit are new for this year. Last but not least are the wheels, which actually came from the current RS.
Speaking of which, the RS gets a totally new wheel design and, like before, is unique to the top-spec model. It too gets projector headlights with LED daytime running lights. Further differentiating the RS from the E are smoked tail lights. Opt for the Phoenix Orange Pearl paint and it gets a blacked-out roof standard. The RS then gets orange trimmings inside, a digital readout for mileage and average fuel economy, and a new touchscreen. Also, the RS gets a push to start button whereas the E sticks with a traditional key.
As for the engine, it's a carryover from last year's model. That means it sticks to the familiar 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine. Power is retained at 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque. Also the same are the transmission options which is either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable unit. Standard safety kit includes dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seatbelt reminders, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake-force distribution. RS variants meanwhile gain stability control and hill start assist.
With its launch in Indonesia, the 2019 Honda Mobilio could make its way here in a few months time.