2014 Honda Odyssey Archive

  • 2013 Honda Odyssey launched – RM228k to RM248k

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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.

     
     
  • Honda Odyssey – fifth-gen launched in Japan

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    The fifth-gen JDM-spec Honda Odyssey has launched in Japan – the MPV 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. As before, there are two models: the regular Odyssey (above) and the Odyssey Absolute (below).

    UPDATE: The Honda Odyssey has been launched at KLIMS13, full launch report and local spec pics here.

    The Odyssey Absolute is differentiated from the regular Odyssey by a more aggressive-looking front apron with mesh in the intakes and fog lamp housings, additional chrome trim and a subtly-different rear apron.

    Both get a 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder ‘Earth Dreams’ engine with idle stop and a CVT, but the Absolute adds direct injection to the motor, a seven-speed mode to the gearbox and shift paddles.

    So the regular Odyssey has 175 PS and 225 Nm of torque at its disposal while the direct-injected Absolute has 190 PS and 237 Nm of torque. Claimed fuel consumption ranges from 11.6 to 14.0 km per litre on the JC08 cycle.

    The fifth-gen Honda Odyssey is 4,830 mm long and 1,800 mm wide (+20 mm for the Absolute). Height is around the 1,700 mm mark, wheelbase is 2,900 mm and weight ranges from 1,700 to 1,830 kg.

    The regular Odyssey comes in B, G and G EX trims, and the Absolute in base and EX trims. All variants can be had with either front- or four-wheel drive. All four-wheel drive variants are eight-seaters; the front-wheel drive variants can have either seven or eight seats depending on trim. 215/60 R16, 215/55 R17 and 225/45 R18 wheels are available.

    There are also ‘special needs’ versions that feature a fully-electric rotating and elevating seat either beside the driver or in the second row.

    Some variants come with “premium cradle seats” in the second row – recline the backrest and the seat base rises, adding comfort. They also include footrests and articulated backrests. The third-row bench is divided into three – each passenger can select their own reclining angle.

    Interior height is a generous 1,325 mm in the front-wheel drive variants and Honda says the second and third rows have about the same level of head clearance.

    The aforementioned ultra-low-floor platform encompasses a flat and slender fuel tank and a flat rear floor. The rear door steps are only 300 mm from the ground, making entry and exit easy.

    The previous Odyssey’s front and rear double wishbones have been replaced by MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam out back, which supposedly saves weight. Additionally, there’s enhanced rigidity, a drive-by-wire throttle and an increased steering angle that facilitates a 5.4-metre turning circle.

    Driving aids offered on higher-spec variants include a multi-view camera, automatic parking (Honda Smart Parking Assist System), blind spot monitoring, Collision Mitigating Brake System and City-Brake Active System. See the US-market 2014 Honda Odyssey here.

    Honda Malaysia sold the third-gen Honda Odyssey here, but skipped the fourth-gen model. The good news is, this fifth-gen model will be coming to Malaysia by the end of the year, through official channels.

     
     
  • New Honda Odyssey MPV – now taller, with sliding doors, coming to Malaysia before the end of 2013

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    Honda surprised us today by teasing the first photos of the all new Honda Odyssey. With the new generation, the Odyssey’s formula has been significantly tweaked – it now has a taller roofline and gets sliding doors for the rear.

    UPDATE: The Honda Odyssey has been launched at KLIMS13, full launch report and local spec pics here.

    It’s not the first time we’ve seen a tall Japanese market Honda Odyssey – the first two generations followed this ‘van’ formula, then the third gen and fourth gen became ‘low riders’, very much like 7 seater wagons. Note that the JDM market Odyssey and the American market Odyssey are different cars.

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    I guess Honda figured out that the successful Toyota Estima formula worked better and has decided to compete directly against it, instead of offering an alternative.

    Honda’s other JDM MPVs all have tall rooflines – the Elysion which competes against the Alphard, the Stepwgn which goes against the Noah, and the Honda Freed. A tall roofline certainly does wonders to ease movement within the cabin, and I suppose it also makes makes the cabin feel roomier.

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    You have the option for two reclining captain seats in the second row or a proper 3 seater bench. You can have it in either 2WD or 4WD forms, with a CVT transmission. That’s all Honda has revealed so far.

    The new Odyssey will probably be available with a 2.4 litre engine like the generation before it, but since it has a larger body now will Honda offer a 3.5 litre as well?

    Honda Malaysia sold the third generation Honda Odyssey here, but skipped the fourth generation. But good news to car buyers with families – the Odyssey is coming back. This fifth generation will be coming to Malaysia by the end of the year through official channels, so you won’t have to buy grey.

     
     
 

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