American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is showing off its new Honda Odyssey Concept at the Chicago Auto Show, thereby providing a glimpse of a new exterior styling direction for the next generation of the minivan that will arrive this fall. The Odyssey Concept has done away with the typical minivan styling by donning a low and wide stance, which is accentuated by a "lightning-bolt" beltline.
Highlighting the new Odyssey's sporty appearance, the lightning-bolt beltline dives toward the rear of the minivan for enhanced outward visibility for third-row passengers. The concept -- when compared to the current Odyssey -- features a stance that is wider by 1.4 inches and a roofline that is lower by an inch.
These changes in profile give the concept a sleeker and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics. Customers can expect further changes to the production version of the next generation Odyssey – all of which are designed to increase the minivan’s room for both people and cargo.
Among the visible changes on the Odyssey Concept are: sharply raked front and rear roof pillars; chamfered roof line; distinct side-glass profile; and a narrowed rear cabin shape. Thanks to aggressive body-to-wheel proportions, perception of vertical height typical to most minivan designs is now reduced.
Furthermore, the vehicle’s stylish persona is accentuated by fender flares, projector beam headlights, LED taillights and form-fit fog lights. Honda also updated the Odyssey Concept with improved aerodynamics and advanced powertrain technologies to make the minivan more fuel efficient.
Described in numbers, the MY2011 Odyssey is expected to achieve an EPA-rated fuel economy of 19 city/28 highway mpg on select models. The estimates were determined by the Japanese carmaker. Features of the minivan include superior driving dynamics and 3rd-Row Magic Seat.
In addition, it is powered by a fuel-efficient i-VTEC V-6 engine with available three-mode Variable Cylinder Management. The Odyssey could seat up to eight eight people (seven on the Odyssey LX).
It is manufactured exclusively in Alabama by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio is responsible for the design and development of the concept and production version of the new Odyssey.