Honda Motor Company, the well-appreciated Japanese car maker, is believed to be looking at the commercial production of its Odyssey Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV), for the global markets. The car was showcased at this year's New York Motor Show and the company is yet to reveal the specific time frame for its worldwide launch.
At present, the Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5 litre 24-valve i-VTEC V6 petrol engine in international markets. This powertrain is capable of producing a phenomenal 246 bhp of power. Interestingly, the engine features Variable Control Management (VCM), whereby it can run on either three, four or six cylinders, based on power requirement. Such technology would definitely help the vehicle in consuming minimum energy and in minimising emission levels, thereby delivering high fuel efficiency figures.
Odyssey's powertrain is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Higher variants of this vehicle also have a 6-speed automatic transmission. In terms of safety aspects, front side and dual airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) are available. The vehicle has been built as an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. A Digital infotainment system with an 8 inch LCD screen has been installed. Air conditioning has been provided for all rows of seats, with Tri-Zone climate control.
Coming to interior settings of the Honda Odyssey, driver seats can be adjusted in 8 different ways, while sliding doors have also been provided for the middle row of passengers. This makes ingress and egress easier for these passengers. Further, higher variants also get a multi-functional middle row of seats, which can be used in many different ways. Additionally, audio and Bluetooth controls have been provided on the steering wheel of every variant.
The Honda Odyssey is also a great looker, apart from its numerous delightful features. Headlamps and the front grille do like the Honda City, but that is where the similarity ends. The sides have been beautifully designed, with sharp lines and the 18 inch alloy wheels add to the attractive look of this MPV. If one looks at the vehicle's appearance, it can be easily said that it appears a generation ahead of other models.
Industry experts feel that it will be interesting to see a toned down version of the recently unveiled Odyssey MPV in the Indian auto market.