The New Year is upon us and the rumor mill has already started spinning with full force – and recently we stumbled upon the patent images of the upcoming US-spec Honda Odissey large minivan.
They come courtesy of the Japanese patent office and deliver the rough cut look of the US-spec Honda Odyssey in the fifth-generation model guise that is set to make its official public introduction sometime in 2017. By the way, if you’re having some sorts of déjà vu feeling don’t rush to the doctor’s office – the Odyssey’s exterior guise is actually very close to the one employed by the China-only Dongfeng Honda Elysion. And going back even further we can see how the leaked patent pictures are a close depiction of the design language used by the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire seven/eight-seater MPV competitor that was in turn previewed by the Honda Concept M from back in 2013. We can see such elements as the full-LED Jewel Eye headlights, massive chrome grille or the black accents.
By the way, the Elysion has bigger tail lights and bumpers from the current Odyssey and the Japan-spec Odyssey is also smaller than its China-only relative. This means the latter is more comfortable for the US clients – which have had the fourth generation Odyssey since way back in 2011 – a replacement is now duly needed. Fighting off the Toyota Sienna in the US, the fifth gen Odyssey should use under the hood a 3.5 litre V6 taken directly from the Honda Pilot and it could be mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system.