Honda Odyssey will shock minivan owners in 2011
We’ve said it before but Canadians love their minivans. They take a much larger portion of the market here, and automakers take their offerings seriously. So hot on the heels of Toyota’s redesigned Sienna hitting the streets, Honda has released initial images and details on its new Odyssey people mover.
As with all new Honda models, the Odyssey is visually striking. Not beautiful, but definitely a design you can’t ignore. The ‘lightning bolt’ beltline is the main feature distinguishing this two-box from other two-boxes, and the company claims it increases visibility from the third row. The grille and HID lights are similar in design to the latest Accord sedan, while the rear lights and hatch look like a Subaru Impreza WRX.
The new Odyssey will be 1.6 in lower, but with a track that’s 1.4 inches wider, which should help with aerodynamic efficiency and increase interior room. Wheels will go up to 18 inch alloys, with big 12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes.
Honda says the cabin will add “more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing.” Top-end models can expect a 12-speaker premium audio system, a satellite-linked navigation system, an ultra-wide rear entertainment system with split-screen capability (like the Sienna, incidentally), a cool box, and heated leather seats.
Pricing and trim levels will clear up closer to the when the 2011 Honda Odyssey hits dealerships this fall.