Honda has launched the new people-mover – Odyssey – in New Zealand. Available in two versions – as a 7-seater and 8-seater – the new van is priced from NZ $45,990. The fifth-generation Odyssey is 30 mm longer and 150 mm taller than its predecessor, which was launched back in 2008. The wheelbase is now 70 mm longer and the floor is 60 mm lower which makes ingress and egress car easier and increases the head room.
Under the hood there’s a four-cylinder 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 129 kW (173 hp) power and 225 Nm of torque. Honda has equipped the van with an automatic transmission (CVT) with Idle Stop and G-Design Shift, and also provided steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Odyssey S is available with eight seats and the more feature-equipped Odyssey L is available with seven seats.
Standard features on both variants include one-touch power sliding doors, multi-angle reversing camera and a touch screen. The ‘L’ variant has added premium features such as, leather interior, captain seats, park assist, 360 degree surround camera, blind spot monitoring, smart entry, push-button start, cross-traffic warning system and navigation.
The fifth-generation people-mover is made with 20 percent more high-tensile steel and extra chassis bracing for higher torsional rigidity. Honda claims that it has increased noise-cancelling material by 50 percent. The new Odyssey has 5-year warranty and roadside assistance as standard. The ‘S’ variant is priced at NZ $45,900 whereas the ‘L’ variant is priced at NZ $52,500; both are imported from Japan.