The Honda Jazz has been described as being a "mini" minivan thanks to its versatile cargo and seating configuration, and the acres of space within its relatively compact footprint. But did you know that the Jazz has spawned an actual minivan version?
In Japan, this minivan Jazz is known as the Honda Freed. From the outside, it looks like your usual Honda subcompact, albeit extended to accommodate more seats and luggage. Now on its second generation, the latest Freed hxas several variants for more, err, freedom of choice.
The standard Freed can seat either seven or eight people, depending on the seating arrangement. The former is courtesy of two second-row captain’s chairs. Buyers that don’t need too much occupant space but desire more cargo volume can opt for the Freed+. This model seats five and boasts a low-height load floor. This makes cargo-carrying a breeze. And of course, a special needs vehicle is available for the differently-abled, complete with wheelchair lifts.
Just like its Jazz sibling, the Freed and Freed+ are powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC motor with direct injection. This engine is paired with a CVT for optimum fuel efficiency. Speaking of savings, the Freed and Freed+ can also be had with a 1.5-liter motor with the Atkinson’s cycle hybrid drive system. This lump courses its power to the drive wheels (either front or 4WD) through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and integrated electric motor. This makes for increased efficiency that can go as high as 27.2km/L in a combined city/highway cycle.
With the Japanese carmaker's penchant for safety, the Freed and Freed+ come equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of technologies. This includes stuff like blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and the like. It’s the perfect way to keep motorists safe while they go about their active lifestyle.
Just like the Jazz, the Honda Freed and Freed+ come in several hip colors and are even endorsed by Japanese fashion model Yuri Ebihara and comedian Yoshimi Tokui. We’re hoping a left-hand drive version becomes available so Honda Cars Philippines can bring it in.