2018 Honda Odyssey set for debut at NAIAS

The all-new, 2018 Honda Odyssey MPV (minivan) will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on 9 January. The 5th-generation Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned and will feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling and showcase a new suite of innovative features, making it the ultimate in family-friendly design and packaging.

An official teaser sketch of the all-new Odyssey has been released, along with four “teaser scribbles” from children of the Ohio-based Odyssey Development Team. These “scribbles” represent bold and youthful design, but the company admits adopting these futuristic illustrations “as is” from these doodling designers could present a variety of real world challenges, so more testing and validation will be required.

“We wanted to have a bit of fun by sharing some of the drawings from children of the Odyssey team members, since they were inspirational in shaping the family-friendly direction of the all-new #odyssey,” said Chad Harrison, chief engineer at Honda R&D America and the development leader of the new Odyssey.

Through five generations, the Honda Odyssey has consistently met the evolving needs of U.S. customers. The most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for six years running, the Odyssey is leading again in 2016. In addition, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with under-35-year-old buyers in every year since 2010, and American car buyers have purchased nearly 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.

On the exterior, the 2018 Honda Odyssey will have a completely new front fascia, along with new lighting system and signature grille.

Now into its fifth-generation, the Odyssey gets refreshed looks with sharper lines and a more aerodynamic outlook. Honda will also equip this MPV with better engine performance along with plenty of improvements to the interior. There have been words that new Odyssey will be even more comfortable inside, with better seats and more space.  According a relevant source, the interior of 2018 Odyssey will be packed with more occupants friendly features, connectivity options and the whole nine yards with technology, in other word; more new additions to the inside than the outside .

The 2018 Odyssey (American spec) will most probably be fitted with a similar 3.5l V6 with Earth Dream technology, while transmission will likely be the six speed automatic or an optional 9-speed gearbox.

For safety features, the new Odyssey gets diverse upgrades including a multitude of airbags with radar sensor, automated brakes and the full suite of active and passive safety items.

 

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