Honda Japan has just released the 5th generation Odyssey boasting an unprecedented level of premium by combining refined comfort and interior space with ‘exceptionally smooth ride’. For the first time, the Japanese 2014 Honda Odyssey features sliding doors similar to the long-wheelbase US-built RL body Odyssey. It also boasts of a new ultra-low-floor platform, which features a higher ceiling and lower floor increasing interior space. The new RC chassis Odyssey will be available in standard and a more dynamic ‘Absolute’ version.

Honda Odyssey rear

Honda boasts of a distinct, powerful and refined exterior for the new Odyssey. The dominant front grill functions as a large air intake as well as providing a statement of refinement. Based on the concept of a solid streamline, the interior of the new minivan uses its new ultra-low-floor to present flowing features to the roomy interior giving it a modern suite feel. Entry and exit is also made easier with the large sliding doors combined with low steps that are about 30 cm high. Flexible seating arrangements also give flexibility when the need to load bulky cargo arises.

Under the hood is a newly developed Earth Dreams direct injection 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine, which delivers dynamic acceleration while giving the benefits of fuel economy and clean emissions. The engine is mated to a CVT. The Absolute will get a 7-speed manual mode for its CVT, and special chassis settings to give a sportier driving experience.

Honda Odyssey interior

For safety, the new Odyssey will be equipped with advanced features such as a multi-view camera system, smart parking assist, blind spot information, collision mitigation brake system, and city-brake active system.

Honda markets the Japanese version of the Odyssey to China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Honda Cars Philippines currently sources the Odyssey from the US, do you think we should get this version instead?