Honda Odyssey Hybrid (2015 Tokyo Motor Show)

2015 Tokyo Motor Show: Honda introduces the Odyssey Hybrid, what’s its difference with the gasoline version?

The huge all-new NSX on the stage has caught the attention of many viewers in the Honda Booth at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show; however, as for the many families, they were captivated by the Odyssey Hybrid, which will be released in the market soon.

When the developer in charge personnel was asked about the existence of a hybrid version as the 5th generation Odyssey was introduced, he stated the reason behind it, “When you use this model, it has the same system as the Accord. However, it has a more expensive price since it’s been equipped in the Odyssey. It’s difficult to set it to a lower price for the customers.”

Nevertheless, it is finally out in the market. This time, the Odyssey Hybrid was finally unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.

It has the latest Sport Hybrid i-MMD system, which has a 2L engine and two motors, that is similar with the Accord hybrid. Moreover, it’s the first time for Honda to incorporate IPU (a general term for a power unit integrated with batteries and controller). It guarantees the same interior space as the gasoline version.

Looking at the exhibited Odyssey Hybrid, you’ll instantly know it’s a hybrid model due to the hybrid emblem attached on its left and right front fenders as well as its tailgate. Its interior space particularly in the luggage storage in the third row, and the third and second row spaces, remains the same as the gasoline version.

But what is really the difference between the hybrid and the gasoline version? First, let’s take a look at the equipment around its meter. The former exclusively adopts Intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) supplemented with energy flow, etc. At a glance, I thought that this is their only difference. But there actually exists a clearer disparity.

That is the flooring in the first row, and the elevated floor part in the second row. The IPU is installed under the floor, so its flooring was elevated. However, it almost doesn’t have a negative effect. If it was equipped in the first row, you couldn’t pull your feet properly when you stop the car, and since the tunnel in between the driver’s seat and the passenger seat would become taller, it would be difficult to move to the other side and vice versa.

Since it is equipped in the second row, the edge of the floor (the lower back part of the first row seat) is gently inclining, thus you can use it as a foot board to make yourself feel comfortable.

The Accord Hybrid has a body weight of 1,620kg and its fuel efficiency is 30km/L. On the other hand, the gasoline version of the Odyssey has a body weight of 1,780kg in its front and rear parts; it is an FF car that can accommodate seven passengers, thus the body weight of its hybrid version was increased by 60 to 70kg. Considering its air resistance, it has a fuel efficiency of 22 to 23km/L, which lightly surpassed that of the Estima Hybrid’s 18km/L (with a body frame that’s nearly similar with the Odyssey), compared to the gasoline version’s maximum fuel efficiency of 14km/L.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)