DETROIT: Following the success of having the Ridgeline named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda showed off a new version of its people mover designed with families in mind.
Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda, introduced the 2018 version of the minivan noting Honda’s focus is on helping people in their daily lives and with freedom of mobility.
He said the new Odyssey will make,“all members of the family happy,”starting with the older kids who usually end up sitting in the third row which makes it tough for them to take part in any family conversations.
A feature called CabinTalk allows the driver to talk to anyone in the second or third row through speakers or the entertainment headphones. As well, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on the second- and third-row seats through a camera through an eight-inch touchscreen display.
In what Honda is calling a major innovation to “family-friendly cabin seating”the 2018 Odyssey features new Magic Slide seats.
With the centre row seat removed in the second row, those two seats can be moved forward or moved laterally, so the two people in the second row can be seated close together or far apart, depending on how long the drive is.
Honda says its new minivan is the most connected, most comfortable, most flexible Odyssey yet.
Improved aerodynamics and a new 3.5-litre V6 engine provide 280 hp while Honda claims the Odyssey is the most fuel-efficient minivan on the road today.
All 2018 Odyssey’s will feature a long list of safety features including lane-keeping assist, collision mitigating braking and adaptive cruise control. Additional safety features include front and rear parking sensors and automatic high beams.
The V6 will be paired with one of two transmissions, a nine-speed automatic and for the Touring trim level, a newly developed 10-speed automatic. Honda says the 10-speed transmission is the first of its kind for a minivan.