Honda Odyssey US-spec patents 1

These recent patent images published by Japan’s patent office reveal what the US-spec Honda Odyssey could possibly look like once the fifth-generation model debuts there sometime in 2017. If the design looks familiar, that is because it closely resembles the China-only Dongfeng Honda Elysion.

In fact, we dare say that the patent images mirrors the design seen on the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire-rivalling seven/eight-seater MPV that was previewed by Honda’s Concept M from 2013. This includes the full-LED Jewel Eye headlights, generous application of chrome on the grille and door handles and black accents.

Other minor changes like the larger tail lights and bumpers differentiate it further from the Odyssey. Additionally, the Elysion gets larger dimensions than the Japan-spec Odyssey. That should make it more agreeable with US customers. Currently, the Honda Odyssey in the States is in its fourth-generation since 2011 and is due for a replacement.

The replacement for the Odyssey will compete against the Toyota Sienna in the US, and is said to be powered by a 3.5 litre V6 borrowed from the Honda Pilot. A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is expected to debut on the all-new US-spec Honda Odyssey as well.

Meanwhile, our local Honda Odyssey that was introduced in 2013, is in its fifth-generation, and based on the Japan-spec model instead. The MPV is specified with a 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder ‘Earth Dreams’ engine offering 175 PS at 6,200 rpm and 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm on both its available variants (EXV and EX), and is paired to a CVT gearbox.

China-market Dongfeng Honda Elysion