Japan - Honda provides a first look at the next gen Odyssey

27/09/2013 - 08:37 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Honda has provided us a first look at the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan through photographs on its Japanese website. Honda has two lines on the Odyssey, one for the US market, and another one serving Japan and worldwide.

2014 Honda Odyssey
2013 Tokyo Motor Show debut?

The global Odyssey's formula has changed from a low-slung roofline to a taller cabin and sliding doors, similar to the American car. A taller roofline promises easier passenger movement between the seats, better ingress and egress, as well as a roomier feeling for occupants. Honda has been moving back and forth from sporty, low-riding designs to more practical, taller vans among the five generations the car has been on the market for.

2014 Honda Odyssey violet body color
Since 1994, Honda has sold the Odyssey through five generations. In this time, they've shifted back and forth between a low-slung body and an upright and tall roofline.

Going by the preliminary images, the Odyssey offers two seating layouts, one with reclining captain chairs on the second row, and the another with a bench for three persons. The JDM Odyssey would be available in 2WD and 4WD, paired to a CVT. Honda does not mention which engine would go into the vehicle. It most probably should be the same 2.4-liter motor used on the current vehicle.

2014 Honda Odyssey ivory dashboard
The ivory interior is an option which gets luxurious beige inserts.

Honda has not disclosed the full features list, but from what we can translate, there is an 'ECON' driving mode, blind spot assistance on the door mirrors and auto emergency brakes. There are at least 7 body colors and two interior colors (black and ivory) to choose from.

2014 Honda Odyssey side
The rear doors are sliding type, and open to a second row that can be configured with two captain chairs or a conventional bench.

Back in America, the Odyssey is receiving updates regularly (the last one as early as March this year) and it would be interesting to compare the models side by side to see how close they are to each other now.

2014 Honda Odyssey stoplight
The Japanese Odyssey is quite different from the model sold in the U.S.

2014 Honda Odyssey Image Gallery

[With inputs from CarWatch Japan]

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