The Odyssey is the best selling minivan in the US because it offers everything a family needs from great comfort all the way to a lot of space available for both its passengers or their luggage. However, the current model has been around since 2011 and in the meantime it didn’t change a bit. At the end of 2014 Honda announced that they were going to release a new model for the Odyssey and many thought that it would be released in 2015. However, it seems that the next generation is going to be the 2017 Honda Odyssey which will be based on a new platform, it will feature new engines as well as a brand new design.
Its interior is likely going to get a lot of upgrades while its engine will likely get replaced with a new unit. However, will Honda manage to keep its spirit unchanged? We think so, especially considering the all new Pilot which is a much better car than many people expected it to. The new Odyssey is likely going to be released on the market some time at the end of 2016 for around $30,000 which is were the previous generation was as well.
2017 Honda Odyssey Engine
Engine wise, the new 2017 Honda Odyssey is finally going to ditch that old 3.5 liter V6 for another 3.5 liter engine. However, this time the engine is going to come from Acura and it will feature direct injection, cylinder deactivation as well as a Start/Stop technology, all of which are going to increase the power as well as the fuel efficiency. The engine should make around 290 horsepower and over 260 lb-ft of torque which is more than what a minivan needs. However, the biggest change over the previous generation is going to be the gearbox which will be finally replaced with a 9 speed automatic. This is going to be smoother as well as faster than what the previous version had and it should provide a more comfortable ride to both the driver and its passengers.
While the engine is great, the Odyssey always impressed people through its interior and what it can do. The new generation will be just as impressive as ever. As standard the car will feature up to eight seats and it will likely be able to house just as many adults without too many problems. The standard trim level will now include a triple-zone automatic climate control system, an infotainment system with satellite radio as well as Bluetooth and internet connectivity and an intercom system to allow the driver to communicate with the rear seats without any problems. The top end model will now receive better leather upholstery, satellite navigation with a bigger screen than before as well as a better audio system. The middle seats will also be upgradable to captain’s chairs with multiple ways of adjusting. On top of all that, Honda is likely going to offer a pivot system on the middle seats in order to allow the passengers to chat with ease.
2017 Honda Odyssey Exterior
The exterior of the 2017 Honda Odyssey will also see a lot of changes over the current model and while Honda has not released anything about it just yet, a few spy shots of the upcoming model show a new design more similar to what Acura has rather than Honda. The front end will be more aggressive with slimmer headlights and what it appears to be standard LED headlights while at the back it will get a slightly more curved look in order to make the minivan seem a bit sportier. The end design is likely unfinished but there is a very big chance for the 2017 Odyssey to be a real hit when it comes to its looks.