After giving us a first look at its fifth generation Odyssey for the Japanese and other markets around the world including Australia, but not North American that gets a completely different model (albeit with the same name), back in September, Honda has now come out with plenty more photos and details on the car.
Set to go on sale in Japan this week with prices ranging from 2,490,000 to 3,730,000 Yen (about US$25,300 to US$37,900), the new 2014 Odyssey is offered exclusively with a newly developed 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine with direct fuel injection.
The four-cylinder unit is rated at 173hp (175PS) in front-wheel drive configuration and 182hp (185PS) in all-wheel drive, with both versions hooked up to a new CVT, with the option of a 7-speed mode and paddle shifters.
Along with the new powertrain, the 2014 Odyssey rides on a newly designed platform with different suspension components for improved ride quality and handling – according to Honda.
Available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations, the Odyssey features sliding rear doors and a lower-floor platform together with a higher ceiling than in the previous model to increase interior space. It also features flexible seat arrangements and a larger cargo area that is easier to load and unload.
Honda said that the Odyssey sports a variety of driving support systems, including the multi-view camera system that displays views from multiple wide-angle cameras on the navigation screen and the Honda Smart Parking Assist System that "automatically analyzes camera images, calculates the parking space boundary and provides steering inputs to support the driver in parking the vehicle".