Honda Malaysia has announced the facelifted Freed MPV, first launched here back in April 2010 as the “premium compact MPV”. No change mechanically, so say hello to the familiar 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (118 PS/148 Nm) and five-speed automatic gearbox.

With a thick chrome strip across the logo, the grille is new, as is the front bumper. At the back, there’s a chrome garnish above the number plate, and the rim design is also fresh.

Inside, the higher spec Grade E now comes with leather seats, and fold-down armrests for both front seats are now available across the board (previously only the driver and two mid-row chairs had armrests). A driver’s seat height adjuster is another new addition. The instrument panel has a new colour scheme, too.

The Freed now comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, only applicable when regular preventive maintenance is performed at set intervals. Customers are entitled to a Free Service Coupon with up to six times free labour charge during service. The FSC is applicable for the 1,000 km, 10,000 km, 30,000 km, 50,000 km, 70,000 km and 90,000 km service.

The lower spec RM99,800 Grade S is available in Brilliant White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. The RM113,500 Grade E can only be had in Brilliant White Pearl. Click here for a test drive report of the Freed, and to see how the original face looks like.