Honda recently released more information on the all-new Freed on its Japanese webpage, which includes a first look at the MPV’s interior, powertrain options and technology.

The new Freed will measure 4,265 mm in length, making it 50 mm longer than its predecessor (4,215 mm). By comparison, the current Toyota Avanza measures 4,190-mm long, while the soon-to-be-introduced Toyota Sienta is 4,235-mm long.

The increased length appears to have an impact on the MPV’s cabin, because Honda says that the distance between the seat rows (first to second and second to third) is 90 mm, each. Furthermore, the sliding second-row seats, available as a bench or a pair of captain chairs, can provide up to 120 mm of space.

Moving on to the car’s powertrain offerings, all Freeds will be offered with all-wheel drive for the Japanese market. Non-hybrid models will employ a direct-injected 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC petrol engine, whereas hybrid models get the company’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD.

The hybrid powertrain features the company’s dual-clutch transmission, replacing the outgoing Freed Hybrid’s CVT unit. First revealed at the 2012 Earth Dreams Technology showcase, the unit is said to provide low fuel consumption, although it is not stated if non-hybrid variants of the Freed will benefit from it.

In terms of technology, the Freed now comes with the Honda Sensing suite, which is linked to a millimetre-wave radar and a monocular camera. Features such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System are part of the suite, although it isn’t stated what the Freed will come with.

For the Japanese market, the Honda Freed will be offered in two models – Freed and Freed+ – as either a five-, six- or seven-seater. Nine colours are offered for the JDM as well – Citron Drop, Cobalt Blue Pearl, Premium Deep Rosso Pearl, Mandarin Gold Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.

The previous Freed made its way into the Malaysian market in 2010. In 2013, two variants of the facelifted version were launched, priced at RM99,800 and RM113,500. 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?