Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.
The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.
The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.
One new feature is the new display audio which, in addition to having a new operating system, uses app tiles that can be customized and menus being more intuitive. The various operations are managed through the high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen. This system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Another innovation inside is the Magic Slide seats for the second row. It not only allows easy access to the seats in the third row but it can be rearranged to maximize passenger comfort. Four modes are offered for this system which are Easy Access, Buddy, Super, and Wide. Under Wide mode for example, it makes it possible to remove the center seats. It also allows the two outboard sets to be positioned in a more outer place ensuring that the center is wide enough to walk through.
For trims EX and higher, it will include as standard the Honda Sensing, a wide range of advanced driver-assistance and safety technologies. These include Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Collision Mitigation Braking System. With the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure plus advanced airbags, Honda hopes to get the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS and 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NCAP.
Powering this minivan is the i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with the 10-speed transmission.
Honda revealed that the 2018 Odyssey minivan will be launched at authorized dealers across the U.S. this coming spring. Since 2010, the Odyssey has been the most popular of minivans with customers on an annual basis. It was first released in 1994 and it estimated that almost 2.5 million units have been sold in the U.S.