Honda’s next-generation Odyssey minivan has been spotted undergoing high-altitude testing in the Colorado Rockies. Honda’s next people mover is expected to go on sale later this year.
The 2017 Odyssey will adopt new exterior styling with influences from the Pilot crossover. That should mean new headlights with LED accent and a more aggressive looking lower bumper area.
Although still covered in heavy camouflage, it’s clear that the new Odyssey will ditch the controversial “lightning bolt” belt line that adorns today’s van. That should give the Odyssey a more conventional van look. The rear of the minivan will also be redesigned, but those details are still hidden.
The 2017 Odyssey is expected to use Honda’s latest 3.5L V6 engine with about 280 horsepower on tap. As with top-spec versions of the Pilot, the Odyssey will use a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive will likely be the only configuration on offer. It’s possible that Honda could eventually offer the Odyssey with a hybrid drivetrain.
The 2017 Odyssey will continue to offer Honda’s outstanding packaging along with the HondaVac vacuum system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be the highlights of a new infotainment system.
Look for the 2017 Honda Odyssey to go on sale before the end of the year.