NEW 'AUTO' TRANSMISSION: Honda Southern Africa has launched a CVT-equipped version of its new Mobilio MPV. Image: Honda
• New CVT version
• Seven-seat MPV
• 223 – 521 litres of space
Six months after introducing its Mobilio MPV to South Africa Honda has expanded its range with the addition of a third derivative, this one equipped with a continuously variable transmission.
The new model is based on the Mobilio Comfort and has the same features as its manual-gearbox siblings.
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According to Honda: "The CVT can be operated like an auto or drivers can opt for a sequential manual mode."
The Mobilio Comfort CVT has the same four-cylinder 1.5-litre, petrol engine as the manual versions. It's capable of 88kW/145Nm, 100km/h in 11.3sec and 140km/h. Fuel consumption is listed as six litres/100km.
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Its 60:40 split rear second row of seats has a slide-'n-recline function, the third row (split 50:50) can recline but both rows can be folded and moved forward to increase space. All-seats-in-place cargo volume is 223 litres, 521 litres with the third row folded.
Two front air bags, head restraints, front inertia-reel seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters are standard, along with anti-lock brakes with electronic brake pressure distribution.
Honda Southern Africa operations director Graham Eagle said: "The CVT model adds a string to the Mobilio's bow and should add further momentum to the demand for this attractive, modern and versatile seven-seater. 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 Mobilio units are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and one-year AA Roadside Assistance. Comfort derivatives benefit from a two-year or 30 000km service plan. Services intervals are 15 000km.