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Honda Freed
2008 Honda Freed 01.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Production (CO2) 2008-present
Assembly Karawang Plant, Indonesia
Japan
Predecessor Honda Mobilio
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door 7/8-passenger minivan
Layout Front-engine design, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine 1.5 L L15A i-VTEC I4
Transmission CVT or 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,740 mm (107.9 in)
Length 4,215 mm (165.9 in)
Width 1,700 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Related Honda Jazz/Fit (2nd gen.)
Honda City (5th gen.)
Honda Insight (2nd gen.)

The Honda Freed is a Mini MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda since 2008. The vehicle is a replacement for the Honda Mobilio. The Freed is based on the Jazz/Fit platform. Three different versions of the Freed are available: a seven-seat version which features captain’s seats in the second row; an eight-seat version; and a five-seat 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. The Freed is equipped with a 1.5L engine with 118 horsepower, which is the same engine that is used in the Honda Jazz/City, but the engine used has more torque. For example, the Honda Freed's engine has 118 Horsepower and 148 Nm of torque, while the Honda Jazz/City has 120 Horsepower with 145 Nm of torque.

On the 21st March 2009, the Freed was launched in Indonesia, the second country where the Freed was released after Japan. It is assembled at Honda's Karawang Plant and exported to other South East Asian markets. The Freed's ground clearance is 20mm higher. For the Indonesian version the Honda Freed use the 6-seater layout and a 5-speed automatic gearbox instead the CVT transmission in the Japanese Domestic Market version.

In September 2009, it was announced that a hybrid version would be available by 2011.[1]

On 22 April 2010,the Freed was launched in Malaysia, the fifth country where the Freed was released after Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 1,200 units a year.

On 23rd Jan, 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 seat 6.[2]

A face-lifted Freed was launched in the Japanese market on October 28, 2011 securing sales of over 20,000 units in its first two weeks on sale, of which 63% were of the hybrid model.[3]

File:2008 Honda Freed 02.jpg


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