The all-new fifth-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey for the GCC region. Anyone excited? I bet all the UAE moms are. With over 2.7 million units sold across 4 generations, the Odyssey is one of the most popular MPV’s globally. The new Odyssey brings has a host of first technologies such as CabinWatch, CabinTalk, 10 Speed AT and Magic Slide 2nd row seats.
New Exterior Styling
The new styling includes the signature flying wing front grille with LED Headlights (Touring model), lightning bolt beltline that cleverly hides the sliding door tracks in the lower side of the rear door and a wrap around glass window depicts a floating roof structure and standard integrated LED light bar tailights.
Interior Styling and Features
You have Full Mode In this mode, the Odyssey can accommodate 8 passengers. With the centre seat removed from the Magic Slide 2nd– outboard seats can be moved side to side…as well as front and back. In Wide Mode these two seats are pushed outward, providing a wide centre walkthrough. In Buddy Mode the two occupants can sit closer together and in Super Mode the outboard seats slide laterally through five selectable positions allowing for easy access to third row with one or two rear facing child seats installed in the second row. The centre most seat also slides forward to allow easy access of the child for the front seat.
The third row features a 60/40 Split Magic Seat configuration that folds down into the large recess in the cargo floor by pulling a single strap on each side creating a flat-floor cargo area.
The Odyssey boasts of a new, soft touch instrument panel and includes a full color touch screen 8-inch display, electronic parking brake with brake hold, ventilated seats and a new push button gear selector. A new 7-inch Digital Driver Information Interface with direct sight to the driver ensures that relevant information such as phonebook, fuel consumption; remaining distance, select app control, turn by turn navigation. You also have driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment, front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment, ventilated front seats – standard in all grades. Active Noise Cancelling System, Acoustic windshield and thicker door glass, makes the Odyssey the quietest in its class.
Audio and Connectivity
The All New Honda Odyssey comes with:
Honda CabinWatchTM: A camera with night vision allows the driver and the front passenger to view the rear passenger’s on the Display Audio Touch Screen.
Honda CabinTalkTM: It allows you to easily talk with the passengers in the 2nd and the 3rd rows seats using the vehicles speaker systems or the wireless headphones. It also overrides the headphones plugged into the 3rd row seats of the rear entertainment system.
Rear Entertainment System: Passengers in the 2nd and 3rd rows can enjoy engaging content on a 10.2-inch screen using the HDMI input to connect media devices or through the BluRay DVD/CD player. It even has the “How Much FartherTM” app, which provides a fun way to track remaining kilometress and travel time to a final destination. Five different themes can be selected by a simple press of the remote providing hours of entertainment
The Odyssey comes with 11 speakers including a subwoofer
Wireless Charging in the centre console on the Touring Grade.
Multi-Angle Rear-view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
Safety and Performance
It is equipped with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) Body Structure which consists of 59% High Strength Steel and is 34 kg lighter than the outgoing model. Stiffness and rigidity have been increased by 44%, providing better dynamics.
The Odyssey is equipped with Multilink Rear Suspension, with revised damper and steering geometry settings. With Dual Pinion Steering, and Variable Gear Ratio, the Odyssey is easy to park, whilst providing better steering feedback.
Powering the 2018 Odyssey is a 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). This engine is mated to an all-new front wheel drive 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) producing 280hp@6000rpm and a torque of 355Nm@4700rpm. The 10 AT helps lower the engine speed to 1560 rpm at 112 km/h compared with 1960rpm for 6 AT to improve fuel economy. The paddle shifters allow you to downshift 2 gears at once, and in the kick down scenario the Odyssey can shift down by 4 gears for a more powerful acceleration.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey has Dual Stage front airbags, front side airbags, 3rd row side curtain airbags, drivers and front passengers knee airbags. Other features include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, ABS, Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD), Agile Handling Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor System, and Hill Start Assist.
The Touring Grade of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey is equipped with the Honda SensingTM suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies like:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
- Blind Spot Information System
- Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
- Head on Collision System
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
The new 2018 Honda Odyssey comes in the below exterior and interior colors for all the grades:
- White Diamond Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Obsidian Blue Pearl
- Copperhead Red Pearl
- Forest Mist Metallic (New)
- Metor Blast Metallic (New)
- Brown (New)
Prices for the 2018 Honda Odyssey range from AED 120,000 to 172,000 for the top-spec Touring model.