Honda is readying a new Odyssey minivan for 2021, and introducing it to the public at the New York International Auto Show.
The new generation Odyssey has to follow in some mighty big footprints, with its predecessors topping minivan sales charts for the past decade, and its hoping to do that with some fresh styling (including new, more powerful LED headlights), enhanced technology and improved safety (such as a new rear-seat reminder system).
Exterior design cues include a new blacked out grille, matched by new gloss black trim under the rear window (to hide the sliding door rail) and new design wheels. Interiors get restyled seats with contrast stitching/piping, updated climate controls in new instrument panel treatments and second-row seatbacks that fold flat.
Safety features include an expanded suite of driver-assist technologies (now including adaptive cruise with low-speed follow, and pedestrian emergency braking) standard on all trim levels, and rear seat minder that prompts the driver to check for rear-seat occupants through audible alerts and instrument cluster messages (and also integration with the CabinWatch camera system that displays the rear seats on the instrument panel display).
Power again comes from the 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 delivering 280 hp through a 10-speed automatic. The engine features variable cylinder management, switching between 3- and 6-cylinder operation. The minivan will continue to be produced exclusively in Lincoln, Alabama.
More information will be available at the vehicle introduction in New York, and final equipment levels and pricing will be released closer to launch later in 2020.