Honda’s new Odyssey lux­ury mini­van hits all the marks

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - Special Report -

The all-new Odyssey from Honda is more than just a lux­ury mini­van. It’s a style state­ment that makes its mark – be it drop­ping the kids off at school, or at­tend­ing a black tie gala din­ner later that night. This mini­van can seat up to eight peo­ple in com­fort and el­e­gance. Sim­ple con­tour lines cre­ate a cap­ti­vat­ing shape, and dy­namism is ex­pressed right down to the LED head­lights and al­loy wheels.

Whether in the new 7-seater Supreme or the 8-seater ver­sion of the Odyssey, pas­sen­gers will be spoiled for com­fort and con­nec­tiv­ity. The sec­ond row in the 7-seater of­fers two bucket seats with the 8-seater fea­tur­ing 3-per­son bench seat­ing. In the 7-seater, pas­sen­gers can take ad­van­tage of the stream­ing videos with a 9-inch dis­play in the Rear En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem, which can also be hooked up to a game con­sole.

But mak­ing the ride aboard a lux­ury mini­van is more than just tech­ni­cal achieve­ment. It’s also about good de­sign. That’s why the 300mm ul­tra low plat­form makes it easy for young chil­dren and the el­derly to get in and out of the van. The re­mote-power slid­ing doors come with a built-in cour­tesy lamp for ex­tra safety for both young and old. Once safely in­side, the spe­cially de­signed and fully flex­i­ble leather seats take care of the rest.

Un­der the hood, the Odyssey of­fers a DOHC I-VTEC di­rect in­jec­tion en­gine for high torque at low RPM and high horsepower at high RPM. Com­bined with a 7-speed trans­mis­sion, driver and guests en­joy smooth and safe han­dling. The Mo­tion Adap­tive Elec­tric Power Steer­ing re­sponds to road and traf­fic con­di­tions and fur­ther en­sures bet­ter han­dling and safe driv­ing. Com­bined with an ar­ray of safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing anti-lock brak­ing, hill start as­sist and I-SRS and cur­tain airbags, driver and pas­sen­gers can rest easy on their way to the ball, or to school.

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