2017 NAIASHondaNews

Will Honda’s New Odyssey Displace the Pacifica at the Top?

2018 Honda Odyssey Teaser Sketch

The new Chrysler Pacifica is a good van. I know, lots of you aren’t minivan fans. They really do make a lot of sense for a lot of people. Chrysler isn’t the only company that still makes minivans. Honda, makers of the Odyssey, are unveiling a new version of the minivan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Honda’s been rolling out lots of new products lately. The new Ridgeline is solid. The new Civic is getting rave reviews. A new CR-V reintroduced the volume knob to the public! The Odyssey is the Honda of minivans, and we expect it to be pretty great.

What features will it have? What will it look like? You’ll have to wait and see. The press conference is scheduled for 12:00pm — high noon — in Detroit on January 9th, 2017.

Here’s the full details from Honda:

DETROIT – The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9. The 5th-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned and will feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling and showcase a new suite of innovative features, making it the ultimate in family-friendly design and packaging. The Honda press conference will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 9, 2017.

An official teaser sketch of the all-new Odyssey was released today, along with four “teaser scribbles” from children of the Ohio-based Odyssey Development Team. These “scribbles” represent bold and youthful design, but the company admits adopting these futuristic illustrations “as is” from these doodling designers could present a variety of real world challenges, so more testing and validation will be required.

“We wanted to have a bit of fun by sharing some of the drawings from children of the Odyssey team members, since they were inspirational in shaping the family-friendly direction of the all-new Odyssey,” said Chad Harrison, chief engineer at Honda R&D America and the development leader of the new Odyssey.

Through five generations, the Honda Odyssey has consistently met the evolving needs of American families. The most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for six years running, the Odyssey is leading again in 20161.  In addition, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with under-35-year-old buyers in every year since 20102, and American car buyers have purchased nearly 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.

Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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