• Feb 10, 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda just unveiled a concept version of its next-generation Oddity Odyssey minivan at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and it was one of those rare instances where the media was actually seeing it for the first time, as God intended unveilings to be. Although billed as a concept, the 2011 Honda Odyssey Concept looks almost production ready... other than its door handles, lights and a few other details.

While the current third-generation van is the best selling minivan in America two years running, Honda decided not to play it safe with the redesign. The all-new fourth-generation Odyssey is a big departure for Honda. It's lower and wider, taking an almost Mercedes R-Class stance. Although they claim it's only one inch lower and 1.4 inches wider, it looked like a lot more than that. The 2011 Odyssey also features a "lightning bolt" lower greenhouse border that reminded us of the Nissan Quest a bit. Honda says it helps with rearward visibility.

The production version of this 2011 Honda Odyssey should be in dealerships this fall, and will likely look a lot like this concept. While no specifics were mentioned, it is said to have a V6 that will deliver slightly better fuel economy. The interior was completely blocked off so we aren't sure what they have in store for us inside, but Honda reps promised something big. One thing Honda did share was the fact that this Odyssey is all-American. From inspiration to target market, styling to assembly, this is truly a product of the U.S. of A. There's a press release after the jump and live and press galleries below.

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Odyssey Concept Reveals Stylish, Dynamic Image for All-New Honda Minivan

The next-generation Odyssey adds sleek styling, new functionality and higher fuel economy to best-selling minivan

CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2010 – The Honda Odyssey Concept, on display at the Chicago Auto Show, introduces a sleek and distinctive exterior styling direction for the next generation of the industry's best-selling minivan, set to debut this fall, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The Odyssey Concept dramatically departs from conventional minivan styling with its low and wide stance, highlighted by a "lightning-bolt" beltline that further distinguishes the vehicle's profile. Compared to the current Odyssey, the Concept's slightly lower roofline (-1.0 inch) and wider stance (+1.4 inch) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy. Forthcoming improvements to the production Odyssey's interior are designed to further enhance the current model's accommodating space for people and cargo.

"The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a minivan – great functionality, an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of American Honda product planning. "Odyssey then further delighted customers with its surprisingly engaging, fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level while adding more style and personality."

The steeply raked front and rear roof pillars, unique side-glass profile, chamfered roof line, and tapered rear cabin shape combine to create a dynamic and distinctive appearance from any perspective. The lightning-bolt beltline dives toward the rear of the vehicle emphasizing the new Odyssey's sporty appearance while enhancing outward visibility for third-row passengers. Aggressive body-to-wheel proportions reduce the perception of vertical height common to most minivan designs. Fender flares further accent the vehicle's securely planted and stylish persona. The concept vehicle's projector beam headlights, LED taillights and form-fit fog lights further heighten the sophisticated quality of the design.

Enhanced aerodynamics and advanced powertrain technologies will contribute to the next-generation Odyssey's increased fuel efficiency. The all-new 2011 Odyssey is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating1 of 19 city/28 highway miles-per gallon on select models (preliminary estimate determined by Honda).

Currently in its third generation, the Odyssey's unique array of features, including its superior driving dynamics, 3rd-Row Magic Seat® and efficient i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™ (available) all combine to offer a sophisticated environment with room for up to eight people (seven on Odyssey LX). The Odyssey has been America's best-selling minivan2 since 2008 and is produced exclusively in Alabama by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (using domestic and globally sourced parts). Both the concept and production vehicles, along with all development activity for the 2011 Odyssey, are being designed at Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio.

The Odyssey has won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Recent accolades include the Edmunds.com 2010 "Top Recommended" minivan award, U.S. News and World Report 2010 "Best Minivan for the Money" award, Automotive Lease Guide 2010 "Best Minivan for the Money," the Kelley Blue Book award as one of the ten "Best New Family Vehicles of 2009" and "2009 Best Resale Value Award" in the van category, which recognizes vehicles that are expected to have segment-leading resale value after five years of ownership.

Odyssey Concept Basic Dimensions
Length (inches): 202.8
Width (inches): 78.5
Height (inches): 68.3
Wheelbase (inches): 118.1

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Love how they COPIED (read cheated and never come up with their own ideas) Opel's small mini-van in Europe...

      I really hope everyone wises up on the Japanese...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it! except for that part where the rear bumper meets the hatch door... it looks eww
      I'm sure it won't look as cool in the showrooms though. I hate it when they show you the cars in brochures and commercials with tinted windows all around, it's not legal in all states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I started driving a minivan about 5 years ago. I have a lifetime average of 19.6 mpg with 114,000 miles on the van. It can tow my 16' boat, it plays DVDs for the passengers, it fits in my small garage and is faster and a better athlete than my 69 Camaro (307 V8) was.

      It's no Lexus but kids require dragging outrageous quantities of crap around. The kid's crap usually scratches up the interior, their bikes scratch and dent the exterior and sliding doors reduce the number of pinched little fingers. Nice is relative.

      I refer to mine as the "Ultimate Driving Machine/Person".

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a minivan buyer, but this van is pretty bland. The front end is boring except for the grille which is just plain awful. The current Odyssey, Routan and the new 11 Sienna look way better than this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I could not disagree more about the Sienne and Routan.
        This new Ody looks much better. They're not even in the same league.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree. I was looking forward to the new Odyssey to replace my 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan Mark III Conversion, but the angry Samurai mask theme of the front and its squatty dimensions are invoking some serious second thoughts. I may have to wait for the Sienna SE to finally come out as a production model (I'd look at the Routan except for the fact its a Chrysler minivan that are suffering from some serious quality defects as evident from the issues arrising from my in laws business fleet of Dodge Caravans)
      • 4 Years Ago
      you know, i like the look.. but is it just me or is honda taking styling cues from ford???
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think it looks too bad. It's a lot sharper and cleaner than some other recent Honda designs; it sure as hell isn't a Crosstour! I'm wondering what the production dimensions will be like, because it does look a lot larger. I'm glad they didn't go for just another iteration of the Odyssey design, but I think they easily could have gone with something more like the Japanese Odyssey, or the Stream, and it would have looked great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't they figure out how to HIDE the sliding door track from the sides of it yet? Sure it's a little better integrated in the design this time, but it still sticks out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how Toyota and Honda are both copying Ford's three bar grille design or I should say verging on patent infringement. However, after seeing the other stuff that has come from Honda lately this is actually a nice clean design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't realize Ford had a patent of grills with three bars. I've seen other makers using them for decades. In fact, Honda has been using them for a very long time on JDM market autos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like... a Ford Edge...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one of the few good looking vehicles that Honda/Acura has designed in quite a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, the money goes into the hands of the Alabama workers.....as that is where it is made, and will be made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they put new front and rear end on that Buick Business concept minivan thing?
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