Rs. 13 Lakh Ertiga-Rivaling 4×4 MPV Launched. Honda’s Bold Move: A New Challenger in the MPV Market.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has a new competitor in town! Honda has just launched a new MPV equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain, making it perfect for off-road adventures while offering ample cabin space for seven passengers to travel comfortably.


Pricing and Versions

The third-generation Honda Freed is now up for grabs, with prices ranging from 2.508 million to 3,437,500 yen (approximately RM74k to RM101k) whick is roughly around 13 Lakhs for Indian Market. It comes in two exciting versions: the minimalist Air and the rugged Crosstar.

Powertrain Options

Customers have the choice between two powertrains:

  1. Standard Petrol Engine: A L15D 1.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four petrol engine that generates 118 PS (117 hp) and 142 Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a CVT and offers both front-wheel drive and AWD options.
  2. Hybrid System: Honda’s e:HEV dual-motor system, featuring a LEB 1.5-liter NA inline-four petrol engine producing 106 PS (105 hp) and 127 Nm, primarily powering a 48-Ah lithium-ion battery. This battery drives a front-mounted electric motor rated at 123 PS (121 hp) and 253 Nm. Hybrid models also offer AWD, thanks to an additional electric motor for the rear wheels. Fuel efficiency is impressive, with hybrids rated at 25 km/l and petrol variants at 16.2 km/l.

Dimensions and Design

The new Freed is slightly bigger, measuring 4,310 mm in length, 1,695-1,720 mm in width, and 1,755-1,780 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,740 mm.

The design takes inspiration from the second-generation Crossroad, featuring a blockier look, a flatter bonnet, upright face, trapezoidal headlamps, and a closed-off grille. The Crosstar variant adds a textured grille, wider air intakes, and black plastic body cladding with a faux skid plate for that rugged look.

Interior and Features

Inside, the Freed boasts a redesigned dashboard, a digital display, and a sleek two-spoke steering wheel. The central infotainment screen is wrapped in water and oil-resistant fabric, with air vents placed underneath for optimal airflow. Controls are positioned high for easy access.

Seating Configurations: The Air version offers six- or seven-seat options, while the Crosstar provides five or six seats. Rear seats can be folded to create additional space.

Practical Design: Both versions feature a fabric-covered trim piece around the infotainment screen and an extra storage compartment on the passenger side. The interior is designed with families in mind, offering practical features like a unique shelf with storage cubbies. You Are Reading Delhi-NCR Fastest Hyperlocal News Portal

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