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2010 Honda Odyssey Concept

It is not very often that we get excited about a minivan, however Honda’s new Odyssey Concept from the Chicago Auto Show has a few neat features that not only caught our eye, but made us come back for a second glimpse and look forward to the production version that is scheduled to follow this Fall. That is because the new concept features a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with a low slung roof line and a slightly wider stance powered by a fuel efficient i-VTEC V6 with three mode Variable Cylinder Management that is expected to deliver an estimated 19 MPG in the city and as much as 28 MPG on the highway.

"The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a minivan - great functionality, an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of American Honda product planning. "Odyssey then further delighted customers with its surprisingly engaging, fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level while adding more style and personality."

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The Honda Odyssey Concept, on display at the Chicago Auto Show, introduces a sleek and distinctive exterior styling direction for the next generation of the industry’s best-selling minivan, set to debut this fall, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Odyssey Concept dramatically departs from conventional minivan styling with its low and wide stance, highlighted by a "lightning-bolt" beltline that further distinguishes the vehicle’s profile. Compared to the current Odyssey, the Concept’s slightly lower roofline (-1.0 inch) and wider stance (+1.4 inch) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy. Forthcoming improvements to the production Odyssey’s interior are designed to further enhance the current model’s accommodating space for people and cargo.

Honda Odyssey Concept

"The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a minivan - great functionality, an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of American Honda product planning. "Odyssey then further delighted customers with its surprisingly engaging, fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level while adding more style and personality."

The steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, unique side-glass profile, chamfered roof line, and tapered rear cabin shape combine to create a dynamic and distinctive appearance from any perspective. The lightning-bolt beltline dives toward the rear of the vehicle emphasizing the new Odyssey’s sporty appearance while enhancing outward visibility for third-row passengers. Aggressive body-to-wheel proportions reduce the perception of vertical height common to most minivan designs. Fender flares further accent the vehicle’s securely planted and stylish persona. The concept vehicle’s projector beam headlights, LED taillights and form-fit fog lights further heighten the sophisticated quality of the design.

Honda Odyssey Concept

Enhanced aerodynamics and advanced powertrain technologies will contribute to the next-generation Odyssey’s increased fuel efficiency. The all-new 2011 Odyssey is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 of 19 city/28 highway miles-per gallon on select models (preliminary estimate determined by Honda).

Currently in its third generation, the Odyssey’s unique array of features, including its superior driving dynamics, 3rd-Row Magic Seat Seat ® and efficient i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™ (available) all combine to offer a sophisticated environment with room for up to eight people (seven on Odyssey LX). The Odyssey has been America’s best-selling minivan since 20082 and is produced exclusively in Alabama by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (using domestic and globally sourced parts). Both the concept and production vehicles, along with all development activity for the 2011 Odyssey, are being designed at Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio.

The Odyssey has won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Recent accolades include the Edmunds.com 2010 "Top Recommended" minivan award, U.S. News and World Report 2010 "Best Minivan for the Money" award, Automotive Lease Guide 2010 "Best Mini Mini van for the Money," the Kelley Blue Book award as one of the ten "Best New Family Vehicles of 2009" and "2009 Best Resale Value Award" in the van category, which recognizes vehicles that are expected to have segment-leading resale value after five years of ownership.

Honda Odyssey Concept


20 comments:

It is really looks great in both color (red, white). Honda really need to put this one on market production. Impressive!c

It’s been so long since the last time I’ve heard about this concept, but until now, they didn’t still reveal if when will they are planning to put it on the market. Well, they truly have the plan.

Had they already put this one on the market? Anyway, I have to agree with them that the front headlight of this one looks like a drawing of a kid! However, I must say that I’m impressed with the over-all appearance of this minivan.

Hahaha YoungGecko was right. The front headlights of this Odyssey seem fake, and it’s like a drawing of a kid. smiley Oh! I think it is already looking better in the color of red. 

Is it already on the market? Or it is still a concept? Oh!Well, I simply love this car, just like them as long as it is so ideal as a family van. I would love to have this smiley I also noticed that the front headlights of this seem fake.

Seems so long, but the fact that this concept is so ideal for a family van, I must say that it is quite impressive enough even the decency that it had is simply awesome.

It is really looks great in both color (red, white). Honda really need to put this one on market production. Impressive!

Honda did copy some enhancements to Toyota sienna the LCD TV was originated to Toyota.

impressive mpv, it looks like it’s competing the Toyota.

Finally there’s still one Honda I will consider to own, I hope:1. the side mirrors in production models will be bigger, those on the concept seems to be too small to be useful. 2. the door handles will not be as shown, seems difficult to grab,

Honda has really done a great job in the styling department, but now lets see the numbers. am one of those who loved the design of the CR-Z, but hung my head is shame once I saw what they did to the powertrain. Then again, my expectations are not as high for a van.

HIDEOUS!!! Honda can’t design a toilet let alone a car. Who cares if the internals are good? Oprah may have the heart of a goddess but her outer visage makes me puke. Ain’t gonna ride Oprah and ain’t gonna ride no Honda. Blechhh.

well honda must placed this already into presentation, this is a good idea MPV and superior than the Honda Stream MUGEN.

I like its design with clean lines compared with some derivative, busy look from Toyota.

I’m actually looking forward to this car, if only because it suggests Honda is moving towards more commonality between its North American products and its Euro/JDM ones. This Odyssey looks surprisingly similar to the smaller, four-(swing-out)-door Odyssey van sold
elsewhere in the world:

Still a concept? but honestly it looks aggressive and it’s stance are bolder than the old model of Odyssey and stream.

Seems like a pretty neat good ride for the family. It will surely have enough space to carry the kids and their stuffs on the daily basis but with that kind of mileage, it doesn’t seem to be money wise.

@ Ping_Guererro - IMO your wrong, honda stream is way better than this, stream is more Aggressive and sporty plus mugen added some tickle to it already.

Looks like it is more spacious than Honda Stream, Mazda 5 and Previa, but since its is a concept, i’ll stick to the Mazda 5 as of now.

The one thing that I look for in a minivan aside from the mileage that it can give is the safety features of the car. Most minivans are for families and it will be great if it has features that doesn’t just protect the driver but it protects all passengers. Including those that are very young.

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