Honda New Zealand has announced a refreshed Odyssey people mover range, headlined by the introduction of Honda Sensing driver-assist technology on the top-selling Odyssey L Sensing (LS).
Scheduled to start arriving into Honda dealerships by the end of January, the updated Odyssey range boasts a number of exterior design changes, interior updates and NVH improvements to its extensive list of standard equipment.
“The addition of Honda Sensing on the new Odyssey LS represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist features and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range over the next few years,” said Honda New Zealand GM Marketing, Ms. Nadine Bell.
“So while it will take some time before the Honda Sensing system is standardised across all models and all grades, we are committed to supporting the safe and comfortable driving of our customers with Honda’s driver-assist technologies.”
Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, providing warnings to the driver and, under certain conditions, aiding the driver in avoiding or mitigating the severity of a collision.
Honda Sensing on the latest Odyssey LS includes the following driver-assist features:
• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
• Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
• Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
• Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
• Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
• Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
Visually, both Odyssey variants gain a number of exterior enhancements to mark the arrival of the refreshed 2018 Year Model (18YM) range. The entry-level Odyssey S has adopted the full Odyssey family-look, picking up the ‘aero’ front fascia design previously reserved for the top-of-the-range L, along with chrome surrounds for the new front fog lights.
Meanwhile the Odyssey LS now showcases the latest evolution of Honda’s ‘solid wing face’ design, with a new premium aero package comprising enhanced bumper shaping, pronounced aero forms, LED fog lights and a dark chrome finish on upper and lower grilles. The same dark chrome finish has also been applied to the door handles, while new design two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels and revisions to the rear fascia, badge and tailgate applique set the new LS apart from its predecessor.
Inside the LS, the second row captain’s chairs are now fitted with larger, more luxurious headrests and additional seat-mounted storage compartments, while the driver will notice new trims on the instrument panel and doors, new engine start/stop button and electric door mirrors that now retract automatically when locking the vehicle.
From the luxury of the second row captain’s chairs, pull-up sun shades and tri-zone climate control air conditioning, to the conversation mirror and one-touch remote sliding doors for effortless access to the rear cabin, the needs of every family member have been accounted for in the Odyssey.
Two new paint colours have also been introduced as part of this model update on Odyssey, with Cobalt Blue Pearlescent and Platinum White Pearlescent replacing Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearlescent respectively. The new paint colours are available on both Odyssey variants.
“When you factor in the additional technology, safety and comfort features in the refreshed Odyssey range, as well as the improved usability and Honda’s five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance, it remains an unbeatable value-for-money proposition for families.” Ms Bell said.
Honda Odyssey 18YM pricing: (excl. orc)
Odyssey S: $45,900
Odyssey LS: $53,900