Nov 28 — Chances are strong that Honda Malaysia will bringing in its new Honda Mobilio to the local market. Based on the Honda Brio platform, the Mobilio will have a 1.5 litre i-Vtec engine and CVT transmission.
The Honda Mobilio is designed for the Indonesian market and will be a direct competitor to the Toyota Avanza and the Perodua Alza in Malaysia. In Indonesia, this segment is the best selling segment, and over there, it is dominated by the Toyota Avanza.
The Honda Mobilio prototype was unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show on September 19, 2013. Honda developed this vehicle based on its research conducted in Indonesia based on local road and weather conditions, and customer needs. The Mobilio comes with three rows of seats, and can seat seven, yet is compact in size.
Although it is a n-MPV, the Mobilio looks more like an elongated hatch, and the rearmost seats can fold away to provide generous storage space at the back.
It drives quite well though, having reasonably good acceleration, and decent handling — but it was a very short test drive covering a distance of slightly under two kilometres, so you will have to take it at this level.According to Honda Malaysia, whether the Mobilio makes it here or not will depend on the retail price. However, if it is made to combat the Avanza in Indonesia, it stands to reason the price will be quite similar; again, one must bear in mind that prices have escalated since the Avanza's first launch here about eight years ago, and it may already be overpriced.