All-New Honda Freed Unveiled in Japan

Honda has unveiled the all-new third-generation Freed ahead of its market launch in Japan scheduled for June 2024. It will replace the second-generation model that has been around since 2016 and received a facelift in 2020.

The small three-row minivan which adopts styling cues inspired by the larger Step WGN, is available in standard Air and rugged Crosstar versions, offering the option between gasoline and self-charging hybrid (e:HEV) powertrains.

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The new Honda Freed looks cleaner and friendlier than before, thanks to the horizontal lines on the profile, the larger greenhouse, and the uncluttered styling of the front and rear ends. The Freed Crosstar adds SUV-inspired elements, including a unique grille, chunkier bumpers, aluminum-style inserts, roof rails, plastic fender extensions, and different alloy wheels.

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In terms of dimensions, the new 3rd-gen Freed measures 4,310 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, and 1,755 (69.1 inches) tall, with a 2,740 mm wheelbase, making it 45 mm longer compared to its predecessor while retaining the wheelbase.

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Inside, the redesigned cockpit has a larger free-standing infotainment display and a smaller digital instrument cluster positioned closer to the driver. The cabin of the new Honda Freed has a familiar 6-seater layout including the flip-up third-row which is made lighter and easier to operate. The Freed Crosstar is also available in a more conventional 5-seater two-row configuration, prioritizing boot space. Both versions feature stain and scratch-resistant seat upholstery, which comes in handy when used for family duties or hobbies.

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Under the hood, the new Freed is available in gasoline and hybrid versions, both coming in 2WD and 4WD guises. Honda didn’t get into specifics but it’s understood that the new e:HEV system will combine the 1.5L engine with dual electric motors, offering better performance and efficiency compared to the outgoing model. On the other hand, the entry-level Freed will feature a naturally aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a CVT gearbox.

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The detailed specifications and pricing for the new Honda Freed Air and Freed Crosstar are expected to be announced closer to the market launch in Japan in June 2024. Stay tuned!

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