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Refreshed Honda City (Ballade) and Mobilio unveiled


Withdrawn last year and replaced by the SUV-inspired BR-V, Honda took the wraps off the refreshed Mobilio in Indonesia this past week, as well as showing the updated City, known locally as the Ballade, in Thailand.


Halted due to poor sales with production at Honda's Noida City Plant in India even being stopped for a while, the Indonesian built Mobilio receives a new grille and bonnet, restyled headlights with daytime running LED's, and 15-inch alloy wheels. The sporty flagship RS builds on these with a bespoke bodykit, unique alloys and electrically retractable mirrors.

Changes inside are also substantial with a new (optional) 6.2-inch touchscreen display, thicker padding for the third-row seats, two or four-speaker sound system, electric windows across the range and, on higher spec models, revised instrument cluster and climate control. In addition, the RS benefits from a six-speaker sound system, 6.8-inch display, Bluetooth, Stability Control and Hill Start Assist.

Power remains unchanged with the 1.5-litre Earth Dreams petrol engine still producing 88 kW and 145 N.m of torque, with transmissions consisting of a five-speed manual or CVT.

Prices range from 189-million Rupiah (R192 075) for the base S to 243-million Rupiah (R 246 954) for RS, although it is unlikely that the Mobilio would return to South Africa as it would clash with the BR-V.


Expected to arrive in South Africa later this year, the facelifted City benefits from a reshaped grille, new front and rear bumpers, slightly alerted headlights with daytime running LED's and inside, a new 6.8-inch touchscreen display, reverse camera, gun-metal metallic trim, auto lock/unlock doors and leather trim on high spec version.

As with the Mobilio, the City retains the same 1.5-litre petrol with 88 kW and 145 N.m of torque, with a five-speed manual and CVT available on the base S model, while the rest of the range, V, V+, SV and SV+, are fitted with the latter box only.

Price range from 550 000 baht (R209 421) for the S manual to 751 000 baht (R285 955) for the V+ CVT, with Honda South Africa yet to confirm pricing and spec for the Ballade.

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