Spied – Sporty Honda Mobilio RS variant gets ready for Indonesian launch

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Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), the Indonesian subsidiary of Honda, is gearing up to launch the Honda Mobilio RS soon. The Mobilio RS, as the name signifies, is a sporty looking variant of the people carrier, that goes head-to-head with the newly launched Suzuki Ertiga ‘Sporty’ variant.

Spied Honda Mobilio RS rear image
The Mobilio RS will be positioned above the existing top-end variant.
Honda Mobilio rear at the Twin Ring Motegi
Rear of the standard Honda Mobilio, added for comparison.

The RS variant of the Mobilio comes with a roof spoiler, a ‘RS’ badge, exhaust finisher and a sportier rear bumper with a chrome strip. Previous spyshots have revealed redesigned headlights with LED elements, a twin-slat chrome grille, side skirts, new alloy wheels and an aggressively styled front bumper on the range topping variant.

Visual enhancements aside, the Mobilio RS would not sport any mechanical improvements and power will continue to come from the 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine. HPM offers this engine with a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox options.

Honda Mobilio RS Indonesia spied front
Front of the Mobilio RS from a previous set of spyshots.
Honda Mobilio front view review
Front of the standard Mobilio added for reference.

The RS variant of the Mobilio is likely to be priced at a premium of 27 million Rupiah (INR 1.44 lakhs) over the existing top-end variant. While the manual would cost 214 million Rupiah (INR 11.44 lakhs), the automatic would cost 225 million (INR 12.03 lakhs), as per the Indonesian media report. The Mobilio was launched in Indonesia in January.

In India, Honda will launch the MPV in July this year in petrol and diesel variants. The diesel will use the 1.5-liter i-DTEC engine which outputs 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque on the Amaze, while the petrol will get the City’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC that makes 119 PS and 145 Nm of torque.

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