Honda Odyssey Hybrid TMS-2

The Honda Odyssey Hybrid has gone on sale in Japan, coming in as the latest addition to the Odyssey line-up, which itself has also been refreshed. We sighted the hybrid minivan back at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and it is now available in its home country in two variants – Odyssey Hybrid and Odyssey Hybrid Absolute.

Regardless of variant choice, the Odyssey Hybrid is equipped with Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain – made up of a 143hp/175 Nm 2.0 litre i-VTEC petrol engine, with assistance from a twin electric motor and 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery combo as found on the Accord Hybrid (196 hp/307 Nm).

Here, the total system output is rated at 181 hp and 315 Nm, with drive being sent to the front wheels via a CVT. The Odyssey Hybrid also has a claimed fuel economy of 26 km/L under the Japanese JC08 cycle.

On Hybrid Absolute models, the Odyssey further benefits from Honda’s SENSING suite that is comprised of various safety and driver-assistance technologies. This includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist system, road departure mitigation adaptive cruise control forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking system. The suite of systems has also been made available for all Odyssey models as well, including the non-hybrid versions.

Speaking of the non-hybrid versions, they are also available in two variants (standard and Absolute). Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.4 litre i-VTEC petrol engine mated to a CVT, with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. The Absolute variants sees a bump in the transmission, where a seven-speed mode and paddle shifters are available to the driver.

Prices for the Honda Odyssey Hybrid (with consumption tax) start at the 3,646,400 yen (RM128,162) mark and goes all the way up to 4,000,000 yen (RM140,590). Meanwhile, the non-hybrid Odyssey will have a starting price of 2,892,840 yen (RM101,775), with the range-topper variant demanding 3,566,600 yen (RM125,481).

GALLERY: Honda Odyssey Hybrid at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show