Honda Freed

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Honda Freed
2008 Honda Freed 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production 2008-present
Assembly Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Karawang Plant)
Sayama, Japan
Yorii, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style Compact MPV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Honda Jazz/Fit (2nd gen.)
Honda City (5th gen.)
Honda Insight (2nd gen.)
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L L15A I4
Transmission 5-speed automatic
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Length 4,215 mm (165.9 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,715 mm (67.5 in)
Curb weight 1,330 kg (2,932.1 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Honda Mobilio
Rear view of the Honda Freed

The Honda Freed is a mini MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda since 2008. The vehicle is a replacement for the Honda Mobilio. The Freed is based on the Jazz/Fit platform. Three different versions of the Freed are available: a seven-seat version which features captain’s seats in the second row; an eight-seat version; and a five-seat version. Honda also stated that a wheelchair-accessible model is offered in addition to versions with a side lift-up seat and passenger lift-up seat.

In September 2009, it was announced that a hybrid version would be available by 2011.[1]

Engine[edit]

The Freed is equipped with a 1.5L engine with 118 horsepower, which is the same engine that is used in the Honda Jazz/City, but the engine used has more torque. For example, the Honda Freed's engine has 118 horsepower and 148 Nm of torque, while the Honda Jazz/City has 120 horsepower with 145 Nm of torque.

Regions[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

On the 21st March 2009, the Freed was launched in Indonesia, the second country where the Freed was released after Japan. It is assembled at Honda's Karawang Plant and exported to other South East Asian markets. The Freed's ground clearance is 20 mm higher. For the Indonesian version the Honda Freed use the 7-seater layout and a 5-speed automatic gearbox instead the CVT transmission in the Japanese Domestic Market version.

Japan[edit]

The Honda Freed is available in Japan in 2 forms; the petrol powered in G or G Aero grade and hybrid variant. The hybrid variant uses i-VTEC together with Honda's IMA hybrid car technology.

A face-lifted Freed was launched in the Japanese market on October 28, 2011 securing sales of over 20,000 units in its first two weeks on sale, of which 63% were of the hybrid model.[2][3]

Freed hybrid in Japan (front view) 
Freed hybrid in Japan (rear view) 
Honda Freed interior 

Malaysia[edit]

On 22 April 2010, the Freed was launched in Malaysia. It was only available in one trim level (Grade E).[4] Honda Malaysia targeted to sell 1,200 units a year.

In July 2012, Honda Malaysia added a cheaper version of the Honda Freed called the Grade S. It was priced RM99,800 on-the-road with insurance. Features lost from the Grade E model were powered sliding rear doors with remote operation, automatic air-conditioning, indicators for the side mirrors or intermittent wipers, tail spoiler and the Alpine DVD player.[5]

In January 2013, Honda Malaysia launched the face-lifted model to Malaysia. Like before, it was available in two trim levels (Grade E and Grade S). The Grade E model gained some extra features which included leather seats, and fold-down armrests for both front seats are now available across the board (previously only the driver and two mid-row chairs had armrests).[6]

The lower spec RM99,800 Grade S is available in Brilliant White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. The RM113,500 Grade E can only be had in Brilliant White Pearl.[7]

Hong Kong[edit]

On 23rd Jan, 2011, the Freed was officially launched in Hong Kong. Unlike other non-Japanese market models, all Freeds sold in Hong Kong are manufactured in Japan and seat 6.[8]

Singapore[edit]

In Singapore, the Freed is available from the authorised distributor and also through parallel import distributors.[9][10]


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