07 October 2011

Honda Odyssey facelift launched

Honda Japan has announced the arrival of the facelifted Honda Odyssey. The enhanced Odyssey is available in 5 trims, including new entry-level M S trim and the high performance Absolute variant. The drivetrain package is carried over wholesomely from current model, where two state of tune of K24 engine are available, 180bhp and 210 bhp. With the exception of Absolute, the front-wheel driven model (like the majority grey imported to Malaysia) channeled the drive via CVT, while the 4WD model operates through 5 speed automatic transmission.
Honda Odyssey M-Spec with Aero Package option and optional 18" alloy

Externally, the low-slung Honda 7 seater gets new front end comprising set of headlamp, grille and bumper. The rear end meanwhile received new rear combi design with clear lens and LED illumination. Chrome bar across the tail gate is also a new feature. New alloy design is included too. 

For the interior, the MPV gained an "eco" button, customary on new Honda cars nowadays. The centre console has been garnish with silver accents, instead of material color as previously.

Dimensionally, Odyssey is 4800mm long, 1800mm wide and distinctively 1545mm tall. Passengers are enclosed within 2830mm wheelbase. It is this unique low, flat slung that gives Odyssey a distinctive character compared to other people mover. There is however no lack of space for all 7 passenger and their luggage.

More details and photos after the jump.

The M S trim is newly added to the Odyssey range. The entry level model gets only a wheel cover instead of alloy wheel and the interior is only available in beige trim.

Further up the range is M trim. This version get a standard 16" alloys with new design. Interior color is beige as per M S.

Odyssey M-Spec, with standard 16" alloy wheel
Odyssey M-Spec interior, with optional HDD navi unit

Opting for M  Aero Package opened up an option of black interior. This version is differentiated from its cheaper sibling via 16" alloy wheel and all-around bodykit.  18" wheel is available too as an option. Paddle shift is included too.

Honda Odyssey M-Spec with Aero Package and standard wheel

M-Spec Aero Package with optional black interior and HDD Navi unit

The most expensive variant of regular performance model is Li spec. This is the highest specs among Odyssey and comes with much higher price tag to match. Apart from paddle shift, Li gets HDD Navi package as standard fitting, which is an option for other model. Leather seats in the beige interior is standard too, as is the 16" alloy wheel. 

Odyssey Li - spec, with standard leather and HDD Navi

The Odyssey Absolute is highest performance of them all. Powered by 210bhp 2.4l , this variant comes with standard 18" alloy wheel and a host of sportier body outlook. Chrome rear garnish has been replaced with dark chrome, signaling a sportier intent. The interior is differentiated from other Odyssey with dark color and half-leather upholstery.

Odyssey Absolute exterior and interior. The interior exclusive to Absolute only include half-leather seat and silver trim

With no news whatsoever from Honda Malaysia regarding the new Odyssey, the only option for us Malaysian is to buy the used import model. With this 2012 model, it is very likely we have to wait a bit before this model start filtering in our market. The price of 2008 RB3 in most AP holder shop is hovering around RM190k at the moment. With the arrival of facelifted model, will pre-facelift RB3 Ody gets a bit cheaper?