2014 5th generation Honda Odyssey gains taller body, sliding doors

Honda Japan has posted the first images of the 5th generation Odyssey MPV on its website, gently teasing us that the new Odyssey is “coming soon”. We can expect full details about the 2014 Odyssey to emerge at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

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2014 5th generation Honda Odyssey Absolute
2014 5th generation Honda Odyssey Absolute

Apart from the images you can see above, Honda has only released a few scant details about the new Odyssey.

We know for certain that the 5th generation Odyssey ditches the low-rider look that the car has sported in its second, third and fourth incarnations. This, along with rear sliding doors on each side, allows for easier ingress and egress, as well as improved passenger space and comfort.

The new Odyseey will be offered in either six- or seven-seat configurations, at least in Japan. In six-seat guise the new Odyssey will have sliding and reclining captain’s chairs in the second row with a sofa-style pop-up footrest.

Tech that will be offered on the 2014 Odyssey includes blind-spot monitoring, forward collision detection via cameras mounted in the windscreen, climate control air conditioning with capacitive controls, proximity entry, push button start, cruise control, electric operation of the rear sliding doors, engine economy mode, foot operated parking brake, xenon headlights and front fog lights.

From carefully analysis of the supplied images so far it seems possible that the 5th generation Odyssey will be fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). No word yet from Honda on what engines the new Odyssey will be powered by.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

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