Priced at RM112,980, Honda intends to position the Freed in a ‘premium’ category which going to be different as compared to its competitors’ compact MPVs. Of course, the word ‘Premium’ would mean that it would be more expensive as compared to Toyota’s Innova and the Grand Livina from Nissan, the few models in around its same category.

What the Freed has, the Innova and Livina do not where it comes with automatic sliding doors which can be activated through the key remote control as well as from inside the cabin. It opens up to 600mm and comes with anti-pinch sensors while its 410mm from the ground to the floor of the car makes it easily accessible for the young and old, which will surely go very well with the family oriented buyer.

The Freed has already come with a reputation of a walkthrough cabin with 4 seats welcoming you in the first 2 rows and a third row which could sit another 3. The third row also could be folded up sideways. Entertainment wise, you also get a double din audio system which is provided y Alpine Systems that comes with a USB port for you to plug in your MP3 players and such. Standard fittings here include ABS with EBD, the Brake Assist System, dual airbags as well as a foot activated parking brake.

The Freed comes with a 2,740mm wheelbase although it is modeled after the Honda Jazz and Honda City platform where the latter comes with a 2,550mm wheelbase. Under the hood is the 1.5 liter SOHC i-VTEC engine which is matched with a 5 speed automatic transmission gearbox which powers up into 116 horses and 146Nm of torque. According to Toru Takahashi, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Honda Malaysia, they are targeting to sell 1,600 units every year where they have since received 150 bookings prior to the launch of the model which is manufactured in Indonesia. So far, more than 150,000 units have been sold in Japan while in Indonesia, they have sold more than 12,000 units.

 

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