Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) option broadens Honda Mobilio’s appeal
- New CVT gearbox adds further convenience and efficiency
- Space and versatility remain key attributes
- Full seven-seater interior offers space and high comfort levels
- Value-added pricing still ensures high degree of affordability
Only six months after introducing the sleek, stylish and affordable Mobilio to the South African market, Honda Motor Southern Africa is broadening the appeal of the attractive, full-featured MPV with the introduction of a third model, equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission.
Based on the Mobilio Comfort, the CVT version retains the same, spacious seven-seater interior and comprehensive features list as its manual-gearbox siblings, while adding the convenience and efficiency that Honda’s CVT is renowned for.
The CVT can be operated like a fully automatic gearbox, which will allow the transmission to always find the optimum combination of power, response and economy. Alternatively, drivers can opt for a sequential manual mode.
The Mobilio Comfort CVT is powered by the same, zippy 1,5-litre petrol engine as the manual-gearbox versions. The advanced four-cylinder, 16-valve power unit is fitted with Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent variable valve timing system, and has a maximum power output of 88 kW at 6 600 r/min, linked to a torque peak of 145 Nm at 4 600 r/min.
The CVT-equipped Mobilio offers brisk dynamics, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 11,3 sec, and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. At just 6,0 litres/100 km for the combined cycle, the CVT version is also the most economical member of the Mobilio line-up.
Inside, the MPV’s comfortable seats, generous head and legroom for all three rows of seats, and plenty of luggage space ensure a feeling of luxury and privacy. Despite its comparatively compact footprint, the Mobilio offers sedan-like space, but with the benefit of three seating rows.
The 60:40 split second seat row has a slide and recline function that allows the space to be optimised depending on preference and requirement. With a large door aperture and the second row’s one-motion fold-down function, access to the rear seating is easy and convenient.
The third seat row is split 50:50 with a reclining function, and offers ample legroom. Both seat rows can be folded flat and tumbled forward to maximise cargo space. Even with all seats in place, the Mobilio will swallow a full 223 litres of cargo, which increases to 521 litres with the third row seat folded down.
Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body construction means that new Mobilio provides peace-of-mind safety by managing collision forces, while active and passive safety equipment includes dual front airbags, head restraints, front inertia reel seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution.
“The CVT model adds a further string to the Mobilio’s bow, and should add further momentum to the demand for this attractive, modern and versatile seven-seater,” says Graham Eagle, operations director at Honda Motor Southern Africa. “It brings further convenience, even greater efficiency and real ease of use to the Mobilio line-up.”
Honda Mobilio 1.5 Trend MT R184 400
Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort MT R203 900
Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort CVT R219 990
All three Mobilio models are backed by Honda’s three-year/100 000 km warranty, as well as a one-year AA Roadside Assistance package. The Comfort models also benefit from a two-year/30 000 km service plan. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.