One of the oldest models in Honda's current lineup is the Odyssey minivan. First launched in 2015, it underwent a slight refresh in 2017. That said, it's already five years old, which makes it due for a redesign.
There is some good news, though, as Honda has finally released the 2021 Odyssey for the Asian market. Yes, this is the same one we get in the Philippines. The Japanese automaker gave an early preview last month, revealing the minivan's new front end together with its hands-free sliding door function. A month since then and Honda has finally revealed the 2021 Odyssey in full. That said, it's not an all-new model. The 2021 Odyssey is an extensive facelift of the current generation.
What we see here is the Odyssey Absolute, which is the top of the line variant sold in Japan. You could mistake it for an all-new model, though. The headlight, grille, and bumper are all new, adopting the new LED headlights and foglights styled similarly to the Civic and Accord. Meanwhile, the grille is more prominent, giving the minivan a more aggressive look especially paired with the new bumper.
While the changes to the front are drastic, Honda barely touched the side and rear of the 2021 Odyssey. It's hard to see any changes from the side apart from the new wheels. At the back, it gets a new set of taillights. Though it's hard to tell, the bumper gets a few tweaks, along with chrome trim near the reflectors.
Though no changes were made to the side, Honda did update the Odyssey's sliding door. As mentioned before, it has a futuristic feature allowing for a hands-free opening of the sliding door. The traditional door opener is still there, but having to open the doors like a Jedi from Star Wars is no doubt convenient and very cool. There's also a foot sensor at the tailgate to make accessing the cargo area easier when carrying items.
Inside, the changes to the cabin are quite extensive as well. The most obvious difference would be the dashboard with a more evident tri-level design. Front and center is the new touchscreen infotainment system built by Gathers – a brand Honda enthusiasts know by heart. A more modern-looking unit similar to the Accord replaces the center dial from the previous model. New material lines the rest of the dashboard. Overall, the cabin looks a lot more luxurious.
Depending on the variant, the Odyssey is available in 7- or 8-seater configurations. Also, Honda Sensing is now standard on the minivan, too, keeping occupants extra safe on the road. Some of the features include lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, and adaptive cruise control.
There were no details released about the 2021 Odyssey's powertrain. But, it is available both as a hybrid (e:HEV) and a non-hybrid. The e:HEV is the same two-motor hybrid system found on the Accord and CR-V. All-wheel drive is available in the non-hybrid version while the e:HEV is strictly front-wheel drive only.
Do you like the new look of the 2021 Odyssey from Japan and, should Honda Cars Philippines bring it in soon? Let us know in the comments below.