Honda Teases 2018 Odyssey Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Debut

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The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner and, as it happens before each major event, automakers are already teasing the cars that are set to debut at the Cobo Center. Honda is the latest to join the ranks by releasing a teaser picture of the fifth-generation Odyssey. Set to replace the current, six-year-old model at the end of the 2017 model year, the new minivan takes its cues from the JDM-spec version, which has been available in Japan since 2013.

The teaser shot suggests that the upcoming Odyssey will also retain some of the familiar styling cues of the existing model, including the lightning-bolt character line under the side windows, the V-shaped D-pillar, and the large taillights. However, the latter appear to be larger and heavily based on the Japanese model, while also featuring a new C-shaped LED signature. The side panels also seem to have a more sculpted design just above the side skirts, while the vehicle feels lower and wider overall. On the other hand, this is a conceptual rendering and likely depicts a car that’s more aggressive than the actual production model.

Honda has yet to launch a photo of the front fascia, but the Odyssey should carry a sportier design here too. Here, I expect it to borrow some cues from the Pilot SUV, including the angular headlamps and the large grille that descends deep into the front bumper. It should also have a more aggressive bumper design with LED daytime running lights and a wide mesh grille between them.

Inside, the Odyssey will get Honda’s latest technology and a design based on what we’ve seen in recently launched vehicles, including the Pilot. Hopefully the fifth-gen minivan will also get a vacuum cleaner integrated into the trunk. Under the hood, look for a revised version of the current 3.5-liter V-6 connected to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission. Output should see a mild increase over the fourth-gen models’ 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.

Why It Matters?

Honda Teases 2018 Odyssey Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Debut

With sales exceeding 120,000 units per year since 2012, the Odyssey is one of Honda’s most important nameplates in the U.S. and it’s not surprising that the Japanese automaker is already bringing a redesigned version into dealerships. Despite being on sale for almost seven years, the Odyssey has been rather constant sales-wise in the last four to five years, while facing stiff competition from the likes of the Toyota Sienna and the significantly more affordable Dodge Grand Caravan. However, with the Sienna close to getting an important update and with the new Chrysler Pacifica having redefined the premium minivan market, a new Odyssey was mandatory for the 2018 model year. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the new minivan will have what it takes to give the Pacifica a run for its money, but if the past is any indication, the Odyssey won’t disappoint.

Press Release

The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9. The 5th-generation 2018 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. The Honda press conference will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 9, 2017.

Honda Teases 2018 Odyssey Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Debut

An official teaser sketch of the all-new Odyssey was released today, 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.

Honda Teases 2018 Odyssey Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Debut

Through five generations, the Honda Odyssey has consistently met the evolving needs of American families. The most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for six years running, the Odyssey is leading again in 20161. In addition, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with under-35-year-old buyers in every year since 20102, and American car buyers have purchased nearly 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.

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