Honda Freed

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Honda Freed
2016 Honda Freed.jpeg
2016 Honda Freed
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
Production2008–present
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV
Body style5-door minivan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Fit/Jazz
Honda City
Honda HR-V/Vezel
Chronology
PredecessorHonda Mobilio (first generation) (Japan)
Honda Mobilio Spike

The Honda Freed (Japanese: ホンダ・フリード, Honda Furīdo) is a mini MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda since 2008. The vehicle is a replacement for the first generation Mobilio in Japan. The Freed is based on the Fit/Jazz platform. Three different versions of the Freed are available: a six-seater version which features captain’s seats in the second row; a seven-seater version; and a five-seater 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]

First generation (GB3/GB4/GP3; 2008–2016)[edit]

First generation (GB3/GB4/GP3)
2008 Honda Freed 01.jpg
Honda Freed (Japan; pre-facelift)
Overview
Production2008–2016
AssemblySayama Plant, Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Prospect Motor)
Body and chassis
RelatedHonda Fit/Jazz (2nd gen.)
Honda City (5th gen.)
Honda Insight (2nd gen.)
Powertrain
Engine1.5 L L15A I4
Transmission5-speed automatic
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Length4,215 mm (165.9 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,715 mm (67.5 in)
Curb weight1,330 kg (2,932.1 lb)
Honda Freed (Japan; pre-facelift)
Honda Freed S (Indonesia; facelift)

Engine[edit]

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

Indonesia[edit]

On 21 March 2009, the first generation Freed was launched in Indonesia, the second country where the Freed was released after Japan. It is assembled at Honda Prospect Motor's Karawang plant and exported to other Southeast 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.

The Freed for the Indonesian market consists of 3 trim levels, the A, S and E. It received a facelift on 8 May 2012 and a minor update in September 2014. The E trim comes with anti pinch function on both sliding doors, retractable door mirror with turning lamps, and double din audio monitor with iPod/iPhone compatible.

Japan[edit]

The first generation Freed was 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.

The facelifted Freed was launched in the Japanese market on 28 October 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 Spike[edit]

In 2010, Honda released the 'soul twinbrother' of Freed called Freed Spike for Japanese markets only. Honda said that this car is a "compact multi-wagon" for the people with "active lifestyle."

This car features a whole different grille, headlamps, and front fascia; a covered third side window, partially covered taillights, and new alloy wheels. Inside, apart from the familiarly similar dashboard to Freed, it has a dual height floor in the cargo area and some additional storage areas on the side panels.[4]

Malaysia[edit]

On 22 April 2010, the Freed was launched in Malaysia. It was only available in one trim level (Grade E).[5] 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.[6]

In January 2013, Honda Malaysia launched the facelifted 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).[7]

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 23 January 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 seats 6 passengers.

Singapore[edit]

In Singapore, the Freed is available from the authorised distributor and also through parallel import distributors.[8][9]

Second generation (GB5/GB6/GB7/GB8; 2016–present)[edit]

Second generation (GB5/GB6/GB7/GB8)
Honda FREED+ (DBA-GB5) front.jpg
Honda Freed+ (Japan)
Overview
Production2016–present
AssemblySayama Plant, Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Body and chassis
RelatedHonda Fit/Jazz (3rd gen.)
Honda City (6th gen.)
Honda Vezel/HR-V (2nd gen.)
Powertrain
Engine1.5 L L15B Earth Dreams i-VTEC I4
Transmission7-speed automatic (hybrid)
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Length4,265–4,295 mm (167.9–169.1 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,710–1,735 mm (67.3–68.3 in)
Curb weight1,340–1,420 kg (2,954–3,131 lb)

The second generation Freed was revealed in June 2016 and released in Japan on 16 September 2016.[10] In August 2016, the advertising campaign of the second generation Freed in Japan uses Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" from the animated film Despicable Me 2.[11]

The second generation Freed is conceived based on the "Dynamism and Functionality" theme, does not differ much in looks from its curvier predecessor. Apart from the updated grille and lights, the new Freed retains the rear sliding doors with some minor improvements.[12][13]

It is also offered in 5-seater option as the Freed+, which replaced the Freed Spike in the previous generation.

In December 2017, the Freed Modulo X was released in Japan. It featured a full body kit, front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and a tailgate spoiler.[14]

The second generation Freed will receive its facelift on 18 October 2019, announced on 30 August 2019. Along with this facelift, the crossover SUV-inspired variant of the Freed, called Crosstar, was added.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Honda to introduce Freed hybrid in 2011
  2. ^ New Honda Freed scores 20k orders in 2 weeks
  3. ^ New Honda Freed Released in Indonesia
  4. ^ New Honda Freed Spike "Lifestyle" Minivan Debuts in Japan
  5. ^ Tan, Danny (22 April 2010). "Honda Freed "premium compact MPV" – RM112,980". paultan.org. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ Lim, Anthony (5 July 2012). "Honda Freed – new Grade S variant debuts, RM100k". paultan.org. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b Tan, Danny (31 January 2013). "Honda Freed MPV facelifted – RM99,800 to RM113,500". paultan.org. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. ^ "And then, they were Freed!". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Honda Freed Review in Singapore". Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  10. ^ Honda Begins Sales in Japan of All-New Freed and Freed+ Compact Minivan
  11. ^ フリード 「リアルな声」篇 ティザー② 30秒
  12. ^ All-new Honda Freed launched in Japan, priced between RM76k to RM110k
  13. ^ "Honda Freed specs". Goo-net Exchange.
  14. ^ "Honda Freed Modulo X officially launched in Japan". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  15. ^ 「FREED/FREED+」の改良モデルをホームページで先行公開

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