This is Honda's first-ever entry into the mini MPV market in the Philippines, going up against the likes of the Toyota Avanza, Chevrolet Spin, Suzuki Ertiga, and some say even the much-bigger but aging Toyota Innova. Honda, however, is confident that they're able to set themselves apart from the others by “avoiding a boxy look typical in the segment.”
It is loosely based on the Brio's platform, the all-new Mobilio does share a fairly similar front end to the subcompact. But this is a much bigger machine, measuring 4,398 mm long, 1,683 mm wide, and 1,603 mm tall. With the extra canvas, Honda's designers toyed with the theme “Progressive Private Jetliner” concept to sculpt the rest of the Mobilio. And what they ended up with looks like a miniaturized Odyssey, with the added “lighting bolt” belt line, floating rear pillar, and integrated rear spoiler.
It is powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC engine that delivers 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque making it the most powerful people mover in its class. It's also the only mini MPV to offer a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Earth Dreams Technology while a 5-speed M/T is also available. New variants are also present: Mobilio V Platinum and Mobilio V Utility. The Platinum variant has a front grille, door visor, shark fin antenna, door handle cover, rear bumper garnish, trunk tray, sports pedal, and side step garnish. On the other hand, the Utility variant has a front grille, front & rear bumper, protector, seatback holder, convenience hook, seatback utility box, cargo storage, and sports pedal.