Honda Reveals New Odyssey and Odyssey Absolute in Japan [Photo Gallery]
Honda has two version on sale in Japan, the normal one and the Odyssey Absolute, both with either seven or eight seats, both with 2WD or 4WD. However, the only engine available is a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder mated to a CVT or a CVT, available with simulated 7-speed paddle-shifts in the Absolute. The engine is rated at 175 PS in FWD and 185 PS for the all-wheel drive car.
Beyond that sharply dressed body is a brand new chassis. Engineers have found a way to make it 150mm taller without compromising the center of gravity, thanks to a newly adopted low floor platform.
Mid-grade Odyssey models get adaptive LED headlights, and they are standard from entry level on the more expensive Absolute model. Adaptive dampers, a really long list of airbags and camera based detection system complete the list of party tricks.
Of course, every minivan out there has an efficient engine and flexible tricks, but the new Honda model has some cool party tricks. For example. When you're reversing out of a bay parking spot, the camera catches cars that are incoming on the either side of the rear, so you don't exit into traffic. Have to say, this makes a compelling case.
For full pricing information, check out the official honda.co.jp microsite.
❐ Check out the 2014 Honda Odyssey for Japan photo gallery