2016 Honda Odyssey gains a new hybrid version in Japan image

The third largest Japanese automaker has officially taken the wraps off the hybrid version of the Odyssey van that will go on sale in Japan today.

The JDM-spec 2016 Honda Odyssey Hybrid is virtually indistinguishable from the regular, conventionally-powered Odyssey, though it now packs the company’s proprietary Sport Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system – the system is coming in a premiere on a minivan. Honda says the Odyssey Hybrid boasts a 26 km/L (61.1 mpg US or 3.8 liters / 100 km) fuel economy according to the domestic JC08 test cycle – the best result in its segment. The feat was achieved through the development of a new motor that has a unique winding method and structure, it’s also about 23% smaller and lighter than the previous iteration while boasting an increased power and torque level.

The engineers have been careful to leave the cabin space unaffected by the addition of the new hardware, as they have fitted the lithium-ion battery pack underneath the floor of the front seats. The standard Odyssey makes use of a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine coupled to a continuously variable transmission, and the Odyssey hybrid changes it to a smaller 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine working in conjunction with the aforementioned i-MMD system.

Both the standard and Hybrid models are available in trims that use a seven or eight people cabin arrangement. The regular model has now a larger armrest for the driver’s seat and an updated climate control system with Sharp’s Plasmacluster technology. Both models can be had with the Honda SENSING safety and assistance system packs which are offered as standard on a new trim offered to the petrol version. Pricing for the 2016 Honda Odyssey JDM starts at 2,760,000 yen ($23,650) and will climb to 4,056,000 yen ($34,755) for the hybrid in the top spec and with the SENSING suite.