I think we are on the same page. The Freedom is elegant because it’s simple; I also love the Strike Gundam, due to the same reason, and I’ve been pondering getting the solo MB Strike as it doesn’t have the red decal on its skirt armour.
The Freedom is also supposed to be sleek and fast, so this is definitely called for. It’s also a compromise calling it the Concept 2, as it doesn’t offend the original designers by bluntly adding a 2.0. Sidestepping means fans of the original can still be happy with that one, but I’m sure for most of us this will be replacing the old one.