Appears to be getting a more conventional van look.
Honda is putting the finishing touches on the fifth-gen Odyssey and we have the spy shots to prove it. This latest set originates from United States and shows a heavily camouflaged prototype hiding the minivan’s restyled body with a Pilot-inspired front fascia featuring angular headlights that will likely be offered with optional LED tech.
As far as the side profile is concerned, the black disguise can’t hide the fact that Honda’s designers have decided to ditch the so-called “lightning bolt” look for the beltline and opt instead for a more conventional appearance which could lure in more buyers. Moving at the back, we notice the taillights appear to be quite wide whereas the rear window seems to be sitting more upright compared to the outgoing Odyssey.
Stepping inside the cabin, most of the dashboard bits and pieces remain hidden underneath a black cloth, but there are a number of visible parts such as the door panels which feature a glossy black trim that will likely be a fingerprint magnet. Honda’s most recent infotainment system will be part of the package and will likely have connectivity support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Details concerning the underpinnings are not available at this point, but we expect the 2017 Odyssey to source most of its components from the latest Pilot. There was a prototype spotted at the end of 2014 which had a note taped on the dashboard saying “AWD” and “P-AWS.” These acronyms could suggest Honda has plans to offer the minivan with all-wheel drive as well as four-wheel steering.
Power will come from an updated 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine like the one in the Pilot where it churns 280 hp (208 kW) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. The engine takes advantage of cylinder deactivation technology and you can have it in the Pilot with a six- or a nine-speed automatic gearbox, so look for a similar setup in the Odyssey as well.
Honda has already confirmed its Chrysler Pacifica fighter will debut later this year, thus hinting at a public debut in the second half of November during the Los Angeles Auto Show.