Honda’s been long overdue for a redesigned Odyssey, and the automaker just announced that we’ll see it soon. According to Honda’s press release, it will reveal the next-generation Odyssey at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Along with the announcement came a teaser sketch that shows a familiar van with a new personality. It’s hard to say how much of this teaser is reality and how much is artistic liberty, but either way, it looks good… for a minivan.
The sketch shows off more streamlined – almost carved-by-the-wind – body lines and creases down the sides. The shoulder line gently moves upward down the first three-quarters of the van and dives sharply downward near the rear, giving it a “sportier” look. The window line also swoops downward, making the rearmost glass larger than the rest. Around back, the Odyssey takes cues from the Civic with its C-shaped LED taillights.
The rest of the details are quite vague, as Honda only mentions that the fifth-gen Odyssey, which will launch in the 2018 model year, will gain new powertrain technology, and advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety.
The powertrain is likely the second most important change in the new generation — after the design, of course. This is so important because of the release of the new Pacifica Hybrid and its segment-shattering fuel economy. Could we see a hybrid or a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain in the U.S.-spec Odyssey? Well, its home country already has a 61-mpg hybrid Odyssey, so that is very much a possibility, though Honda vehemently denies it’ll bring this technology to the States.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait long to see the production 2018 Odyssey on Jan 9, 2017 at noon EST. Stay tuned!