There was a car at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show’s Honda booth that was very interesting to the Japanese media. It wasn’t the new HR-V (Vezel in Japan) that was on stage, but the new Mobilio.
When you say “Mobilio,” you think of the compact minivan which was the predecessor of the popular Freed that was sold in Japan with its three rows of seats. On display here was the new model which first went on sale in India and then in Thailand last year in September.
But if you erase that compact Mobilio with its three rows of seats that the Japanese know, you get a totally different vehicle. It doesn’t have the same box-like square shape of the Japanese model, but instead looks like a tall station wagon. It doesn’t have sliding but hinged doors, and measures 4386mm long (the RS is 4398), 1683mm wide and 1603mm tall.
Its mechanisms are based on the Brio which was developed for Asia and from the front mask you can see traces of the Brio. It’s also interesting that there’s an RS sports grade lineup. The engine for all models is a 1.5L gasoline engine and in addition to automatic transmission, the basic grade S also has manual (The RS has only automatic).
The price is 597,000 to 739,000 baht (about 2.2 to 2.73 million Japanese yen). It is produced at Honda’s Ayutthaya plant in Thailand and is the first model produced there with three rows of seats.
(Translated by Greg Scott)