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The Honda Freed is set for a full model change later this year, as confirmed by the carmaker’s president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo in February. Ahead of its reveal however, leaked patent images of the next-Gen Freed provide us with a first look at the MPV’s exterior design.

At the front, the ‘Solid Wing’ face is dominated by a large upper grille with smaller slats located below it. Slimmer headlamps are also fitted here, roughly resembling those seen on the Jazz. The lower grille now sports a honeycomb mesh design.

Along the sides, rear sliding doors continue to feature here. Elsewhere, a small section of the roof now extends into the front windscreen, accentuated by a gentle depression that runs across its length. You’ll also notice that the side mirrors have been repositioned as well.

Moving to the rear, there is a wider rear hatch that has a better-integrated spoiler this time. The hatch door itself plays host to part of the wraparound tail lamps, with the number plate holder pushed upwards just below the Honda badge. Other revisions seen include reflector/fog lamp enclosures in the lower apron, and a repositioned fuel filler.

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It has yet to be revealed if the new Freed will be based on the current Jazz, like the first-generation model. Reports indicate that the MPV will allegedly measure 4,250 mm long (up by 35 mm), 1,695 mm wide (unchanged) and 1,710 mm tall (up by 5 mm). Wheelbase will likely get a bump from the current 2,740 mm.

As for power, a 1.5 litre petrol engine will reportedly be offered, joined by the 1.0 litre VTEC Turbo from the Euro-spec Civic. A hybrid version featuring Honda’s IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system will possibly join the mix in select markets as well.

The Honda Freed was sold in Malaysia in the past, making its debut here in 2010. In 2013, two variants of the facelift version were launched, priced at RM99,800 and RM113,500. Unfortunately, poor demand for the MPV saw Honda Malaysia discontinue sales of it here. Do you think the new Freed should be offered here as an alternative to the Toyota Sienta?

GALLERY: Current-gen Honda Freed MPV