On December 19, American Honda announced that it will unveil the all-new Odyssey for the North American market at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, which takes place next month in the U.S.
The North American version of the Odyssey features a slightly larger exterior than its Japanese counterpart. Though the first-generation Odyssey, which debuted in 1994, was identical to the Japanese model, an exclusive model for North America was developed for the second-generation Odyssey, which was launched in 1999. This North American exclusive Odyssey was imported to the Japanese market as the Honda LaGreat.
The third-generation Odyssey was introduced in 2005 and became a best-selling minivan in the U.S. This was followed by the debut of the current fourth-generation model in June 2010. The soon-to-be-unveiled all-new fifth-generation model marks the Odysseyâ€™s first model change in nearly six and a half years.
Though Honda has yet to reveal any details regarding this new model, the Japanese automaker has released a teaser sketch on their official website. According to American Honda, the next-generation Odyssey offers â€œnew powertrains, advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety, promising the ultimate in family-friendly versatility and comfort.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)