• Sep 20th 2008 at 2:57PM
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Click above to enlarge the new JDM Honda Odyssey

As many of you doubtless know, the Japanese Honda Odyssey isn't the same thing we get here in the States. While we get the more jumbo-rific family escape pod with sliders and the whole shebang, the JDM Odyssey is a sleeker-looking MPV with four traditionally-hinged doors anf four-cylinder power. And now it's time for a new one. Honda's just put up a special site to welcome the upcoming 4th-gen JDM Odyssey, whose styling further evolves the shape that's by now a common site in Japan, while the front end is likely to showcase Honda's current family design theme (think Clarity, Insight, etc.). You can check out the teaser site by clicking here, and keep in mind that Honda's reportedly thinking about sending over some of its JDM machinery. In lieu of, say, an Accord wagon, this (or the more compact Stream) might work for a lot of people -- especially those of us who view the typical U.S.-style minivan as Superman does kryptonite.

[Source: Honda via NihonCar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That thing is masive. It seems the imports are trying to outsize the domestics-which doesn't work anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it that the US gets excluded from the designs brought to Europe and Japan?

      For example, the Honda Civic in Europe looks a lot better than the one in the US. The Honda Accord Wagon is another Europe and Japanese exclusive I would love to see in the US.

      And, now this Odyssey is just drop-down gorgeous.

      I would love to see more of these designs brought to the US. They beat the mediocre and sometimes redundant designs of dumbing them down for the US market, which is sad.

      So, why can't they? Does the US market opposed to these designs? Or is it something else?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Better than the one we have here now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks great, but remember the GM dustbusters? They were criticized for having too much out in front of the driver. This thing looks worse. Looks good though, another great looking vehicle we won't get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Japan that must be considered obnoxiously large.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe they'll apply some TSX styling cues (an enormous shield nose, I guess?) and bring it stateside, so they can offer an Acura wagon while still denying us the excellent Accord Tourer to the US? But I'm not cynical. Really I'm not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw one of these today (Asheville NC) and was thinking to myself, "Since when does the odyssey have hinged doors?" Then I got on here and saw this... Other than the front end, it reminded me of an overgrown Fit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why would you have a minivan without sliding doors. sliding doors are the greatest thing for a practical car. I would get them on a sedan if i could. But they are a necessity on a minvan. Without them your kids will ding the door of every car you park next to and you will not have the automatic door opening mechanism. Im all for a smaller minivan and possibly even a 4cylinder but please please keep the sliding doors!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Perhaps the Freed would be better for the US, http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/30/honda-freed-mini-minivan-debuts-in-japan/ (potential Mazda 5/Rondo competitor anyone?)

        Heck, maybe they could bring both over so they can please both the minivan traditionalists (that didn't really gravitate to this format with the 1st gen. Odyssey) and those who wouldn't be caught dead in anything that has *gasp* sliding doors.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw one of these today (probably the current one rather than the one being teaseD); was kicking myself for not having a camera with me. It's like a long station wagon essentially, with two fold-up seats in the back. IP is pretty similar to the US Odyssey with some size changes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, I love my 15 year old Honda so much that I wrote my own jingle and a video homage to him. So here's someone who appreciates a wonderfully made car!
      Here's the link to "Kinda Fonda MY Red Honda":
      or YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnBGplhtkoI&feature=user
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like it has the length of a bus, eheheheh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It does in the photos, but remember the JDM Odyssey is a smaller, lower, sleeker-looking design than our Odyssey.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Could this be that mystery camo'ed Acura vehicle that was spied a while ago?
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