Does anyone remember the compact MPV called Honda Freed? The first-generation Honda Freed was launched in Malaysia in 2010 but was quietly pulled out so the company could focus on their volume offerings. Now, Honda just unveiled the second-generation model in Japan, with sales already underway.
The new Freed is conceived based on the “Dynamism and Functionality” theme, and at one glance the looks doesn’t differ much from its curvier predecessor. Apart from the updated grille and lights, the new Freed retains the rear sliding doors with some minor improvements.
In Japan, the Freed can be had in three variants – the Freed, Freed+ and a Special-Needs Vehicle. In standard guise, the Freed has three rows of seats, whereas the Special-Needs Vehicle is more wheelchair friendly and is typically offered in Japan. The Freed+ however, loses out on the third row seats.
Powering this compact MPV is a 1.5-liter direct injection DOHC i-VTEC, the same engine that powers the Japan-spec Jazz. A hybrid option is also available, one that shares the exact same powertrain from the JDM Jazz Hybrid. The seven-speed Earth Dreams CVT is offered for the conventional Freed, but hybrid buyers will get the dual-clutch solution.
The new Freed also adds Honda Sensing technology as an added option. This new range of active safety tech comprise of lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system and a few others.
Available in front or all-wheel drive configurations, the new Freed begins from 1,880,000 yen (approximately RM76,500) to 2,722,000 yen (RM110,700). With the Toyota Sienta filling in the local compact MPV segment, perhaps Honda Malaysia should consider giving the Freed a second chance?