Honda has given its Freed compact minivan a model change and the new model was unveiled on September 16. The new lineup offers three types to meet the needs of its customers, the Freed with three rows of seats; the Freed + (Freed Plus) with two rows, and a welfare vehicle version.
The new Freed is in the top of its class in terms of interior space and offers multiple seating arrangements. The hip point for the three rows of seats has been expanded 90mm from the existing model to create ample space for adults to comfortably ride anywhere in the vehicle. The width of the sliding door has been extended 20mm to 665mm and the step height has been lowered 15mm to 390mm for easy boarding.
The Freed + has luggage space 185mm shorter than the existing Freed Spike and the clearance at the openings is brought down to 335mm (for the FF). The double fold-down seats enable a 6:4 split and create a completely flat space for sleeping. Also using the utility board, you can create a flat space for a semi double mattress.
The power train for the gasoline version is a 1.5L direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC engine with high efficiency CVT. The hybrid version has a 1.5L Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine plus 7-speed DCT sport hybrid i-DCD with one motor. On JC08 mode, the gasoline version gets 19.0/km and the hybrid gets 27.2km/L, putting it at the top of the minivan class.
The price for the Freed is 1,880,000 to 2,728,200 yen. The Freed + is 1,900,000 to 2,748,200 yen and the welfare version is 2,400,000 to 2,722,000 yen.
(Translated by Greg Scott)