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Honda previews updated 2018 Odyssey


2018 Honda Odyssey gets refreshed look, more safety tech

The Honda Odyssey has been in the market for two years now and the Japanese automaker believes it's time to refresh their minivan. Next month, Honda will be unveiling the 2018 model in their home market with a host of upgrades both inside and out.

For its exterior, the Odyssey has been given more defined corner edges at the front and at the rear. The rear gets a reshaped bumper but most of the changes are seen up front. 2018 Odyssey minivans get a new front bumper which now come with larger faux air intakes which serve as its LED foglight housings. With the new trim pieces, the corners of the front bumper have been squared-off, giving it a more dynamic look.


At the same time, the front apron gains a more angular design with a lip the extends from the redesigned center intake. Honda has also replaced the chrome grill with a 'polished metal' look with thin chrome strips surrounding the said piece. Headlights get tweaked too with a new LED light signature. Lastly, it gets a set of new alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the cabin design remains the same but there are some changes to its trimmings. There are new leather and cloth combination seats with a new pattern. The said pattern can also be seen on the door cards and sidings whereas the current model only sports a soft touch panel. Also present is a new pattern for the wood-effect trim on the dash with its darker highlights. Higher-spec models retain the airplane-style Ottoman seats which fold, slide and swivel.

In Japan, all Odyssey variants now come standard with the Honda Sensing safety suite. This package includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Low Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. On top of those features, there is also a brake-throttle override which cuts engine power when both the gas and brake pedal are applied. Traction and stability control are standard, as well as a host of airbags. 

As for engines, Honda Japan has yet to reveal full specs but expect the 2.4-liter Earth Dreams i-VTEC to be carried over. The automaker also says the hybrid system has also been enhanced for a more efficient drive.

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