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Honda Malaysia has launched the new 2013 Honda Odyssey in Malaysia – the fifth-generation MPV made its global motor show debut at KLIMS13 a while ago, arriving here just two weeks after its Japanese market debut, and will be available in two variants, a high grade EXV and a standard grade EX.

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 powers both versions, and is paired to a CVT gearbox.

As with the JDM versions, the Odyssey measures in at 4,830 mm long and 1,800 mm wide (+20 mm for the EXV). Height is 1,695 mm, while wheelbase is 2,900 mm and kerb weight is 1,820 kg for the EX and 1,855 kg for the EXV.

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Standard equipment across both variants includes cruise control, paddle shifters, a six-speaker audio system with seven-inch electrostatic touch type display, second-row captain seats with Ottoman and LED daytime running lights.

The EXV variant essentially mirrors the JDM Odyssey Absolute in terms of kit and trim. It adds aero front/rear bumpers and front grille, fog lights, auto LED headlights as well as a front sunroof and smart entry with push-start ignition.

The high grade variant also gets front independent and rear auto air-conditioning (the EX makes do with front auto AC and rear vents), an eight-way powered driver’s seat, rear side door sunshades, a sunglasses holder and illuminated vanity mirror, among other things.

Other differentiation points are with the interior trim – the EX has an ivory coloured interior and fabric seats, while the EXV’s cabin is finished in black and the seats are wrapped in leather.

The new Odyssey features sliding rear doors for the first time, and has a higher ceiling, lower floor and more interior room than the previous model thanks to a new ultra-low-floor platform, incorporating a flat and slender fuel tank and a flat rear floor. The rear doorsteps are only 300 mm from the ground, making entry and exit easy.

The second row seats also include footrests and articulated backrests, and the third-row bench is divided into three – each passenger can select their own reclining angle.

MacPherson struts up front and a rear torsion beam replaces the previous generation’s front and rear double wishbones. Both models ride on 17-inch alloys, wrapped with 215/55 series tyres.

Standard safety equipment includes VSA, ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill start assist, Isofix points, front/rear parking sensors and six airbags (dual front and side i-SRS airbags, and side curtain airbags up to the third row). The EXV adds Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Monitor (CTA), a multi-view camera system, a multi-angle reverse camera and a smart parking assist system.

The Honda Odyssey is available in four colours – White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and the Glamorous Mauve Pearl. Finally, pricing, and the Odyssey EX is priced at RM228,000, while the EXV goes for RM248,000, both on-the-road with insurance. The CBU fully-imported from Japan Odyssey comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. First deliveries are scheduled to begin in January.

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