Even with SUV’s are overwhelming the market, minivans are here to stay. Although not popular as before, this segment has its representatives. And one of the most popular is surely Honda Odyssey. From 2000 till now, Odyssey had its ups and downs in sale figures, but the magic number was well over 100k every year. Next, fifth generation was carefully prepared and ready to hit the U.S. dealerships somewhere between March and June next year. So, has Honda prepared something new? Yes and no. Here is what we know about 2017 Honda Odyssey.
Note: Image of Japan-spec Odyssey
2017 Honda Odyssey – New Platform
There were numerous spy photos of new Odyssey with a high amount of heavy camo. The point is, does Honda need that much obscurity since there are no major improvements in the exterior design. But before that, we must mention that new model will be based on Global Light truck platform. This platform engineers also used for Honda Ridgeline and Pilot. As for design, Odyssey will borrow grille from Accord sedan. Also on lower part on each side, there are air intakes with new fog vertical lamps below. The car maker also brings new LED headlights which bottom line stretches into the grille. But more importantly, designers aim to improve aerodynamics with more fluent lines on the body.
Note: Image of 2017 Honda Odyssey patent
2017 Honda Odyssey – Interior Changes
When you need to haul entire soccer squad or have a large family, Odyssey is the obvious choice. With a total seating of eight, this model is one of the most versatile vehicles. The changes that will make driving 2017 Honda Odyssey is larger infotainment screen. There is also a chance of minimizing the presence of physical buttons to make management easier. Current Odyssey is already work of art when it comes to high comfort so there can’t be much improvement here.
2017 Honda Odyssey – Powertrain
There are no new engines. The new model will come with same 3.5-liter V6 engine. In current Odyssey, it produces 248 horsepower, but that is about to change. Engineers revised the engine for a total output of 280 horsepower. That’s not all since there are also new in the transmission area. The six-speed automatic is the only option on all six trims on the current model. But now Honda will add nine-speed automatic as an option. That will surely lower the fuel consumption. Honda Odyssey’s arch enemies, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica already have optional AWD, Odyssey doesn’t. And that too is about to change since AWD will be optional for 2017 Honda Odyssey.
As for the safety, Honda will surely add more features for front crash prevention. We must remind that 2016 model received Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. That “+” escaped only due to lack of mentioned features.
Note: Image of 2016 Honda Odyssey
2017 Honda Odyssey – Price
We already said when will 2017 Honda Odyssey be available. The price, although not yet available will certainly go higher even with these “modest” upgrades. But to stay competitive price would have to stay in the low $30.000.