Well, it seems Honda Cars Philippines is about to launch something that will shake up the luxury minivan segment: the 2015 Honda Odyssey. Based on the information we have received, the vehicle will be launched on March 3, and the new generation model will be based on the JDM and ASEAN market version.

Yes, you read that right: Honda Cars Philippines will be launching the new generation Odyssey that will be a variation of the JDM (Japan Domestic Market) model instead of the American and Canadian versions of the nameplate that we used to get.

Honda Odyssey rear quarter

The styling of the new Philippine-spec Odyssey is very different from the previous model, though it clearly follows the latest design statement from Honda. The Odyssey gets dual LED projector headlamps, daylight running LEDs and 17-inch wheels.

What is significant is that this Odyssey (being a Japanese model) is significantly smaller than the U.S. model it will replace here. The new Odyssey measure in at 4830mm long (USDM: 5154mm), 1820mm wide (USDM: 2012), and 1695mm tall (USDM: 1737mm). The wheelbase is also shorter at 2900mm (USDM: 3000mm)

Honda Odyssey rear seats

Inside, the upcoming JDM Odyssey will be a 7-seater (2-2-3) as opposed to the 8-seater (2-3-3) USDM version it will replace; the reason for this change is that the middle row is now occupied by a pair of captain's seats with ottomans for comfort. The third row can also fold completely flat.

Honda Odyssey dashboard

The dashboard and interior have also been fully redesigned, and comes with a long list of luxury and tech features such as a 7-seat touchscreen up front and a 9-inch screen that drops down from the ceiling. There are HDMI ports (for LCD mirroring with your smartphone/tablet). Standard features include push-button ignition, a smart key, dual power sliding doors, a triple-zone automatic climate control system, among others.

For safety, the 2015 Odyssey gets active cornering lights, a multitude of cameras for easy parking, Vehicle Stability Assist with Motion Sensitive electric power steering, 6 SRS airbags (2x front, 2x side, 2x curtain), Hill Start Assist and many others, including a cross traffic monitor when backing out of a parking spot. There's also an automatic parking assist that can get into a standard parking spot (perpendicular) and a parallel parking space.

Honda Odyssey engine

Powering the new generation 2015 Odyssey is an Earth Dreams-derived 2.4-liter SOHC 16-valve Inline-4 i-VTEC motor. The engine is unusually small given that the US-version Odyssey has a 3.5L i-VTEC V6, but given that this JDM Odyssey is lighter, the maximum output of 175 PS at 6200 rpm and 226 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm should be enough. Also standard is the automatic idle stop technology and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Standard colors to be offered include Premium Twinkle Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic, though for those who wish to order the more premium colors such as Glamorous Mauve Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl may do so but on a pre-order basis.

Based on the information we received, the 2015 Honda Odyssey will retail for PhP 2,300,000, significantly less than the outgoing US Odyssey. It wll also come from Honda's Japan factory.

The Honda Odyssey here can be seen at Honda Cars BGC. There is reportedly another unit in Honda Alabang.