Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will begin sales of an affordably-priced hybrid version as well as the newly refreshed gasoline-powered version of the Honda Odyssey and Odyssey Absolute premium minivans on Friday, 5 February, at dealerships across Japan. (Earlier post.) The hybrid is a new addition to the Odyssey lineup.
The newly-added Odyssey Hybrid and Odyssey Hybrid Absolute are the first Honda premium minivan models equipped with the Honda-developed Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain and realize class-topping fuel economy of 26.0 km/L in JC08 mode (61.1 mpg, 3.85 l/100 km).
In pursuit of system efficiency, Honda developed a new motor that features an innovative winding method and structure. This newly-developed motor is approximately 23% smaller and lighter than the previous version and yet realizes high torque and high output.
Moreover, by compactly emplacing the lithium-ion battery underneath the floor of the first-row seats, these hybrid models realize outstanding fuel economy as well as high-quality and powerful driving without compromising the features of the Odyssey such as a spacious cabin and ease of use.
In addition, the Honda SENSING suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is now available for all grades.