The updated Honda Odyssey has been expected to hit the market by the end of the year as a 2017 model. It now seems that its arrival is most likely to be postponed for the first half of 2017. A test prototype of this popular minivan has been spotted on several occasions thus far, announcing exterior and interior changes we might expect from the upcoming Odyssey. New minivan receiving a number of visual upgrades and technological enhancements. The 2018 Honda Odyssey is rumored to adopt the plug-in hybrid drivetrain that has recently been launched at the Japanese market.
2018 Odyssey Design Changes
Despite being heavily camouflaged, the spied test mule did reveal several of the new Odyssey’s restyled details. Those include reshaped front and rear light clusters that seem to be taken from the current Accord. Expect also to see redesigned fog lights as well as revised front air intakes. Other than that, the 2018 Honda Odyssey should retain its familiar profile and underpinnings. Those it shares with the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. When it comes to the cabin space, it’s still not clear to what extent the refreshed version of this minivan will be different from its predecessor. However, we expect it to receive a number of new styling cues and features. it also will retain the clever interior layout that it currently offers.
2018 Honda Odyssey Hybrid
Rumor has it that the 2018 Honda Odyssey might share its base powertrain with the next-generation Honda Pilot. In that case, expect it to get an enhanced version of Honda’s tried and tested 3.5-liter V6 with an output estimated roughly at 290 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. As mentioned, the model intended for the North American market could also adopt the first hybrid drivetrain ever. The gas-electric drivetrain will probably come in the form of a system that combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid Odyssey would then deliver as much as 61 mpg.
New Honda Odyssey Competition
With the latest round of updates, the Honda Odyssey 2018 will be a highly competitive model in the race with the likes of Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country and Kia Sedona. If the rumors concerning the plug-in hybrid version turn out to be true, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will no longer be safe as the only gas-electric minivan available in the U.S.