The new generation Honda Odyssey will arrive very soon, but this should not be everything from Honda’s MPV lineup. Judging by the rumors we have heard lately, the Japanese carmaker will likely bring back the Stream model. The new generation vehicle should be ready very soon. The producer may release it in the first months of the next year as the 2017 Honda Stream.
2017 Honda Stream: Styling and Platform
When we talk about the predecessor of the third generation Stream, we must mention its terrific design. The old model wasn’t full-blooded MPV-looking vehicle, but more some mixture of the minivan and crossover. The sporty, Civic-based design made it very attractive in the past, so the all-new 2017 Stream should become highly interesting option too. Yes, the all-new MPV will definitely feature similar styling as the new Civic. The only true difference on the exterior styling will be a bit higher ground clearance and longer body.
The overall bodywork will be more angular and expressive that earlier, which will be most noticeable in the front end. The front will feature pretty streamlined hood and really handsome grille styling that will be borrowed from the Type R model. Speaking of which, the impressive hatch will also lend its attractive LED headlights and bold bumper, along with big air intakes. The roofline will feature slopping design, while the rear hatch gets the almost the same lines as the new generation Odyssey. The rear end will also sport Civic’s new C-shaped taillights.
The new generation Stream MPV will ride on the same, yet stretched platform as the new Civic. The new architecture will enable more space inside, so all seven passengers should have very cozy seats. The cab will get Honda’s outstanding technology options and HondaVac vacuum system. Of course, the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will become the part of the new infotainment system. The driver-assistance features should be borrowed from the Odyssey too.
Engine Options and Fuel Economy
Under the hood, the 2017 Honda Stream will likely have two engine options. The base model will use a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated unit, which will deliver around 158 hp. The new-gen MPV will also get a new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with 174 horsepower. Both options will be paired with either the standard six-speed manual or optional CVT. The engines will come with front and all-wheel drive. The carmaker hasn’t said anything about the fuel economy, yet the first estimates indicate that the 1.5-liter engine and manual transmission should achieve around 40 mpg on highway and 31 mpg in the city jam.
The all-new Stream minivan has very small chances to reach North American roads. You will be able to buy it in Asia Australia and maybe Europe. The base price should be around $30,000.