The MPV from Japan may break the Koran brands monopoly in the particular segment and give Honda a breather.
The MPV or the luxury van segment in the country with the Toyota Innova and the Kia Carnival racking up their popularity. Now Honda might be wanting a piece of the cake, and it will be offering the Odyssey. The car is primarily a model sold in Japan and other South-East Asian countries, and not to be confused with the Honda Odyssey sold in the United States which is a different model.
As is the norm, this vehicle is big and features the now familiar Honda grille, which is reminiscent of the Jazz. it has power sliding doors, LED headlamps and Daytime Running Lights, and mostly a contemporary Japanese design which is easily distinguishable with the aggressive use of chrome and large light assemblies.
But as it is a MPV, it is the interiors that concern us more and here the Odyssey properly impresses. The car is wrapped in high-quality leather, and the middle row seats are no less than being in the seat of a private Jet, the Captain Cradle seats are a treat to be in quite literally just by the looks of it, they even feature large extended headrests for support incase one doses off during a journey, a very plausible outcome considering the luxury and comfort. There is also a third row seat, Power adjustable driver’s seat, rear climate control, Touch panel for the climate control, 7 inch infotainment screen, and massively configurable 2nd and 3rd row seats.
The car is powered by 2.4 Litre i-VTEC which makes 173 horsepower and is mated to an automatic transmission and is available with steering mounted paddle shifters, it comes in 4WD configuration. The Honda is a direct competitor of the Kia Carnival, and has some similarity in the features but the Kia takes on a more sombre design language while the Odyssey is wholesome Japanese.
As the Kia Motors has successfully rivaled 7-Seater SUVs and luxury sedans in the country, the Honda should be expected to do the same. Priced at 250,000 Malaysian Ringgit the car should be priced at INR 30-40 Lakhs same as the Kia, and may even come with a smaller engine perhaps.
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