Even though we thought otherwise, Honda’s new generation Odyssey isn’t going to arrive as a 2017 model. The Japanese automaker is obviously late, so the new minivan should come as the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The current model was our favorite for years, but now when Chrysler introduced the Pacifica and Kia released the Sedona, Honda’s minivan is slowly losing pace with the competition. However, the redesigned Odyssey promises some amazing features, which will once again make it one of the best.
2018 Honda Odyssey: Redesign Details
The testing prototype we say is totally camouflaged, which makes it difficult for us to see all the new details. Still, judging by the shots, the new exterior styling seems to be bulkier. There might be some cues borrowed from the MDX crossover. This especially refers to the front end that sports massive hood and aggressive grille. Around back, the minivan appears to get a bit longer hatch and this might bring more space inside.
Gasoline and Hybrid Powertrains
Except it will borrow some design details from Acura’s luxury crossover, the 2018 Odyssey will also ride on MDX’s platform. The architecture will be able to support both regular gasoline and hybrid powertrains. Yes, the manufacturer will offer the 2018 Honda Odyssey Hybrid, which will possibly use Accord’s drivetrain system. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which runs on the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle sports two electric motors and a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The system is able to produce up to 212 horsepower and fuel economy that will be very near to 50 mpg combined. As for the regular model, it’s pretty clear it will use an updated 3.5-liter engine, which will be capable of delivering around 290 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This unit will be paired with an all-new ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel will be standard, yet the hybrid model will use all-wheel drive only.
Estimated Price and Arrival
We can say for sure when the Japanese carmaker plans to introduce the 2018 Honda Odyssey, but this should happen pretty soon. Moreover, perhaps they decide to present the amazing minivan at the upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Anyway, the base model will continue to cost around $30,000, while the range-topping Touring trim should start at around $40,000.