Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines successfully launched the All New Odyssey minivan in One Esplanade, Pasay City.
Originally made to answer the increasing need for mobility for a family and other large groups in Japan, Honda developed the Odyssey as a multi-passenger vehicle that has a large cabin space. This introduction 20 years ago triggered the minivan boom in Japan, since then the Odyssey has strived to be an evolution in every way, generation after generation.
In the Philippines, the Odyssey nameplate was re-introduced in 2012 catering to families who opt for the “Ultimate Family Vehicle” that combines elegant styling, class-leading performance, advanced safety, and ultimate utility in a minivan.
Honda’s All New Odyssey stays true to its mission to this date; as it continuously displays the perfect balance of being a passenger vehicle with utility beyond compare while responding to the demands of modern time. The All New Odyssey has been equipped with innovations to realize a luxurious and comfortable mobility that goes beyond customers’ expectations.
Luxurious Passenger Comfort
Its exterior design was based on the “Solid Streamline” concept with an ultra-low platform to achieve an elegant and dynamically proportioned look while still mindful of the cabin space. This resulted to a sedan-like stance with low floor to ease passenger entry and exit, unique to the All New Odyssey luxury minivan. The incorporation of LED dual projector type headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps completes the All New Odyssey’s stylish yet commanding presence on the road.
The interior design of the All New Odyssey is reminiscent of a hotel suite as it is primarily patterned to one based on its “Modern Suite Room” concept; easily described as elegant and high-class fitted with only the finest choice of materials. Added to that, Honda’s craft and expertise in efficient packaging is also noticeable in the All New Odyssey; able to accommodate seven passengers comfortably with generous head, elbow and leg room.
New to Honda’s luxury minivan is the application of Captain Cradle Seats with Ottoman in its second row; and the third row showcases a three-way split reclining structure that enables three passengers to sit side-by-side with different reclining angle for each section to provide ultimate sense of relaxation for all passengers. Further indulge in a luxurious journey with amenities and controls suited for all passengers’ comfort. The All New Odyssey is equipped with a seven inch touch screen display audio with navigation system and it also has roof-mounted nine inch rear entertainment system with HDMI port and DVD player.
Passengers of the All New Odyssey also get to enjoy quiet cabin during idling, low and high speed driving as well as rough road surfaces due to the effective use of sound absorbing or isolating materials and acoustic glass for the windscreen and thick glass for all side windows to provide refined Noise, Vibration, Harshness (NVH) levels for absolute comfort.
With overall passenger comfort in mind, the All New Odyssey was designed to optimally accommodate both passengers and their cargo. Honda’s luxury minivan seats are intended to provide not only flexible and comfortable seating arrangements but also to adjust to different hauling needs. The All New Odyssey’s cargo area can hold a sizeable amount of load even when all seats are in use.
Third-row seats are equipped with a fold flat mechanism which allows it to be stored under the floor with simple operation that does not require much effort. This configuration lets the second-row’s Captain Cradle Seats to slide backwards to give passengers a relaxing and comfortable seating position and space similar to a limousine; while sliding the Captain Cradle Seats to their forward-most position creates a cavernous flat cargo area. Another configuration is moving the second row Captain Cradle Seats sideways to create a private space for occupants or a walk through area for third row passengers.
The All New Odyssey is the first Honda model available in the Philippines that is developed with Earth Dreams Technology 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT with 7-speed paddle shifter). Earth Dreams Technology is a next generation set of technological advancements that enhances the engine to greatly improve both fuel efficiency and driving performance. The All New Odyssey is also equipped with the Eco Assist System, which consists of the ECON mode and the Eco coaching ambient light that promotes a more fuel efficient driving habit.
To further help in realizing improved fuel efficiency, the All New Odyssey boasts of a first in its class Idle-Stop System which automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, depending on the driver operation, environment inside and outside the vehicle, and vehicle condition. If the engine is stopped, it will restart once the brake pedal is released. For optimum passenger comfort, the All New Odyssey features a cold-storage evaporator which essentially maintains a comfortable environment for occupants during auto idling-stop. The Idle-Stop System moreover, can be deactivated manually.
Driver comfort was also given equal priority; starting with the Smart Key with Push Start System and a 8-way power seat with armrest designed for a more convenient ride and drive. Furthermore, all information needed by the driver is conveniently available through the seven-inch touch screen display audio such as fuel consumption, trip computer, hands-free telephone (HFT) and audio streaming via Bluetooth connectivity and built in navigation system. The audio and Bluetooth HFT can be operated via the controls mounted on the steering wheel. Just below the display audio unit, is the automatic air-conditioning system that also comes with user-friendly touch panel. Different ports such as USB and the HDMI port can also be found in the All New Odyssey.
Full Suite of Safety Features
To add another feather on its cap, the All New Odyssey comes with comprehensive technology on vehicle safety to provide peace of mind and comfortable mobility. The All New Odyssey showcases a multi-view camera system; which consists of four wide angle cameras that are located on the front grille, right and left door mirrors and tailgate. These cameras provide a 360 degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings which is also shown in the display audio.
For added safety and convenience, the All New Odyssey features Honda’s Smart Parking Assist System that is capable of analyzing and detecting parking spaces where the luxury minivan can fit. This system also automatically steers the Odyssey into the parking space using the Electric Power Steering motor; however, the driver has to operate the gear stick, accelerator and brake pedal through the guidance provided by the system. The Smart Parking Assist System can help the driver to reverse into parking space and parallel park. Driver can utilize the multi-view camera system for better visibility while parking.
Another new safety feature that the All New Odyssey is equipped with is, the Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. The Blind Spot Information feature notifies (indicators on the side mirror) the driver of vehicles in the blind spot through radars installed in the rear bumper. The radars also activate the Cross Traffic Monitor which alerts the driver should there be a vehicle on its blind spots when reversing out of a car park.
To complete the array of safety features, the All New Odyssey has Active Cornering Lights, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), driver and passenger SRS airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
Brilliantly crafted to deliver a luxurious and comfortable journey, the All New Odyssey is available with the introductory price of Php2,298,000.
Similar to other Honda models available, HCPI is also offering genuine accessory packages for the All New Odyssey for added safety, convenience, and style. To give additional sporty look to the All New Odyssey, a MUGEN sport package can be installed for only P91,200. This package includes genuine MUGEN front sports grille, front lower grille, wing spoiler, door visor and luggage mat.
On the other hand, a Modulo Executive package is made available to supplement the Odyssey’s sleek look. This package consists of fender garnish, door mirror garnish, rear license garnish, cargo net and tray which retails at P21,700 and will be given for free to customers who will buy the All New Odyssey until March 31, 2015.
The All New Odyssey is readily available in 3 sophisticated colors:
- Premium Twinkle Black Pearl (plus P20,000)
- White Orchid Pearl (plus P20,000)
- Modern Steel Metallic
Other colors are available by order:
- Glamorous Mauve Pearl
- Super Platinum Metallic
- Carnelian Red Pearl
- Crystal Black Pearl
Experience luxury, the Honda way; visit any of the Honda dealerships nationwide.