On January 9, American Honda unveiled its all-new Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the U.S.
The North American Honda Odyssey features a slightly larger body than its Japanese counterpart. Though the original Odyssey, which debuted back in 1994, was identical to the Japanese model, Honda began developing an exclusive model for the North American Odyssey from its second-generation, which was launched in 1999. It was imported to and sold in the Japanese market as the LaGreat.
In 2005, Honda released its third-generation Odyssey, which became a bestselling minivan for the U.S. market. Five years later in June 2010, the current fourth-generation model was introduced. The recently unveiled fifth-generation model is the Odysseyâ€™s first model change in nearly six and a half years.
The new Odyssey features a brand new powertrain, advanced connectivity and entertainment, loads of safety features, and functionality and comfort that suit the needs of families.
The newly developed direct injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine offers a maximum output of 280hp, a 32hp improvement over its previous model. By installing a cylinder deactivation system, Honda has also boosted its fuel efficiency. In addition, the new Odyssey comes available with a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission system.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)