Nica Onate / Honda, Newspress | January 11, 2017 06:56
2018 US-Spec Honda Odyssey gets new, bolder look
Honda Motor Company has recently revealed the new North American Odyssey at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
"This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment. In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination," said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Starting with the exterior, the new Odyssey features a new modern styling adopting the brand's signature Solid Wing Face front grill and LED headlights. The sporty front end design helps in hiding the new Active Shutter Grill for a better fuel efficiency when cruising.
Meanwhile, the lightning bolt beltline now offers a more elegant design with the hidden sliding door tracks. Found at the rear are LED taillights and a new hands-free power tailgate with foot activation system.
Inside, the new Odyssey is equipped with a soft-touch instrument panel, new 7-inch, full-color TFT display and an 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface. In upper grades, stain-resistant leather first- and second-row seating surfaces and door trim and black carpeting and black seatbelts are fitted to mask the stains.
In addition, it also features a new grooveless tambour lid on the spacious and versatile center console, which prevents accumulation of crumbs as well as debris.
Under the hood, it is powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injection i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). It now produces 284 PS, 32 more than the pre-updated model. It also has two automatic transmission choices, a 9-speed and 10-speed automatic. With the updated powertrain, Honda claims that the minivan provides a more refined performance.
Other amenities include LED headlights, auto high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold, three-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, multi-zone audio, Pandora compatibility, HD Radio, and HondaVac in-vehicle vacuum.
Safety features found in the EX and above trims include Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Combined with the Odyssey's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and advanced airbags, including new driver and front passenger knee airbags.