Photos of the JDM-specced Honda Odyssey circulated online in the past, with it carrying notable upgrades on both the exterior and interior. While the US-specced version of the minivan may differ in some aspects, the facelifted Odyssey JDM does have a lot to offer than before, with it maintaining its practical traits along with the addition of quirky features that will surely appeal to most families.
It is worth noting that the current generation of the minivan has been around for quite some time now. Despite 7 years of presence, Honda only decided to give the Odyssey a mid-cycle refresh, with this serving as the second update for the model.
Now, in terms of styling, the most obvious changes are to be seen both on the front and rear, this is where you can distinguish this current model from its predecessor. It now features a more prominent face that’s somewhat reminiscent of other Honda products. As for the wheels, the design itself may differ depending on the trim you purchase.
The rear, on the other hand, gets a subtle makeover, with it being treated with a pair of new taillights along with a centerpiece chrome strip. Lastly, it is then finished with a revised bumper for that fresher look.
Now, for easier ingress and egress, the 2021 Honda Odyssey facelift gesture control for the sliding doors, while the booth also gets a hands-free power tailgate. Therefore giving passengers the ease and convenience of opening the rear sliding doors.
Now, stepping inside the cabin reveals a redesigned dashboard, you’ll immediately notice the big slab of faux wood which does add a touch of class to the cabin. In terms of features, the Odyssey gets notable equipment such as a 7-inch info screen, mounted alongside an analog speedometer. The infotainment system is said to be upsized in comparison with its predecessor, although its exact dimensions were not yet disclosed by Honda.
As for the powertrain, the 2021 Honda Odyssey comes 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 173 hp and 315 Nm of torque. Notably, buyers can also opt for a more economical 2.0-liter dual-motos hybrid, churning out combined outputs of 181 hp and 315 Nm of torque.
Most importantly, this new minivan also comes with some state-of-the-art safety features such as Collision mitigation braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition.
Indeed, the Japanese market is quite lucky to have this refreshed model, and we do hope that this family-oriented cruiser will soon grace our shores. Perhaps, now is the perfect time to upgrade the locally specced Odyssey.
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