Back in December last year, a mule of the upcoming Odyssey has been spied testing on the streets of Los Angeles and not too long after that, a Honda official announced that the upcoming 2017 Honda Odyssey was going to be released some time in 2016 while the production model will follow shortly after that. While since then there have been no news about the minivan, it seems that Honda is trying to finish the upcoming model, especially now when they have a few other cars inbound for release.
Unlike what most rumors said at first, the upcoming Odyssey will be based on an all new platform which it will share with the new Pilot.
This means that besides a few drivetrain upgrades, the minivan will be more rigid in terms of chassis as well as safer thanks to the high strength steel construction. The body-panels will still be made out of sheet-metal which is both cheap and quite safe in terms of an accident. On top of that, the car will receive an all new running gear, engine as well as a revamped interior and a different looking exterior.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2017 Honda Odyssey will stick with a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 and it will not go to the 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 which is a new addition to Honda’s roster. However, the 3.5 liter engine is an all new powertrain which is currently in use by the Pilot as well as a few Acura models. This should be capable of up to 290 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which is a sizable increase over the older unit. Also, thanks to direct injection and an all new 9 speed automatic gearbox, the car should be at least 10% more efficient than before, both on the highway and in the city.
The performance levels will be similar but the 0 to 60 MPH time might be improved by a small margin. The biggest change here will be the running gear. On the front wheel drive model, the new Odyssey is going to make use of an all wheel steer system which will be taken straight from Acura. This will make the car easier to drive as well as safer during spirited driving. Also, for the first time in the model’s history, an all wheel drive system will be made available as standard which will make people in snowy climates really happy.
New Design – significant changes
The design is still unknown for now but considering how the latest models from Honda’s roster are evolving, it is safe to assume that the upcoming 2017 Honda Odyssey will get a lot of those design cues. The front end is expected to be pretty much identical to that on the Pilot but the minivan will get a slightly different bumper that will make it more aerodynamic.
Also, the back will be an evolution of the current model with a similar tailgate but new tail lights and a slightly different bumper. The wheels will be all new but it will retain the sliding doors and the hands-free operation of the tailgate and rear doors.
Inside the cabin, the minivan will sport an all new interior which is going to offer even more space than before. This will be possible thanks to the new chassis and better seating arrangement. As standard it should also get more safety features such as an adaptive cruise control and frontal collision warning system as well as a rear cross-traffic alert system. The already well known trunk-mounted vacuum cleaner is expected to make an appearance as well.
2017 Honda Odyssey Price
The price should remain unchanged with a base starting at under $30,000 while a top end version will likely go to around $50,000 which is in the upper limit of its class.
New Honda Odyssey will be premiered in fall 2016. year but more details we could expect in April.
The biggest competitors are Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country, Kia Sedona.
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