All-new 2016 Honda Freed 1

Honda has released the first images of the next-generation Freed on its official website, along with some powertrain details about the MPV.

As you can see, the new Freed’s final look is almost identical to the earlier leaked patent images, with significant differences from its predecessor. Starting at the front, the ‘Solid Wing’ face features new-design headlamps that flank a large bar on the grille, with thin slats below it.

The new Freed also gets a redesigned hood, which is larger than before, encompassing the width of the headlamps as well. According to Honda, a 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC engine or a Sport Hybrid i-DCD powertrain will be available for the Freed, with the latter featuring the company’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system for improved fuel efficiency.

All-new 2016 Honda Freed 2

Down the sides, the Freed appears to retain its familiar profile, although reports indicate the MPV will be longer and taller than before. Other visible changes include the side windows, where the ones near the A-pillars are larger than before for better visibility, while the glass section aft of the rear doors have a more pronounced “kink” to it.

Elsewhere, the side mirrors have been repositioned, there is now a small extension from the roof into the front windscreen, and new wheels have been added. Honda did not reveal the vehicle’s rear, but based on the wraparound tail lamps, the design will likely follow that of the patent images.

The previous Freed was based on the Jazz platform, and made its way to the Malaysian market 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: New Honda Freed patent images

GALLERY: Previous-gen Honda Freed