It’s been eight years since the first generation of the Honda Freed started being sold in Japan and Southeast Asia and it appears that Honda can’t wait any longer to launch the second generation now that the rival Toyota Sienta is gaining traction.
The Japanese carmaker has just released the first teaser of the New Freed, showing a front-to-side angle of the mini MPV which showcases Honda’s “Solid Wing Face” design. Its headlights appear to be taken from the latest Fit/Jazz and the A-pillar is now thinner and combined with small windows to provide for better visibility. So far we have no indication of how the rear section of the Freed will look but reports have indicated that the taillights will be much larger than the current generation.
On its official site, Honda claims that the new Freed will offer more comfort, increased efficiency and better driving performance. Powered by the company’s latest Earth Dreams engine technology, the new Freed will generate 130 hp, an increase of 12 hp over the first generation. A 1.0 liter 3-cylinder turbo engine is also expected to be available for 2021.
The 2017 Honda Freed goes on sale this fall in Japan, following its debut at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) this August.