Honda has revealed Australian pricing for its new Odyssey people-mover, ahead of next week’s local launch.
Available in two familiar trim grades, the 2014 Odyssey will kick off at $38,990 for the entry VTi and top out at $47,620 for the VTi-L (both exclude on-road costs).
The new model’s launch pricing marks a significant increase over the current Odyssey pair, which is priced at $35,100 and $42,920 respectively.
The outgoing model’s current price reflects its age, however, with pricing in early 2009 set at $43,990 for the entry model and a whopping $49,990 for the top grade. (In that respect, the new Odyssey has come down in price.)
The new Odyssey's launch pricing also makes it a match for Kia's ageing Grand Carnival, which also kicks off at $38,990. Citroen's C4 Grand Picasso is cheaper still, however, at $37,490.
Importantly, the next-generation Grand Carnival is right around the corner, and Citroen's new Grand Picasso will hit Australia next month.
Honda confirmed last year that Australian buyers can expect the company’s 135kW/240Nm 2.4 litre petrol engine to power both models.
Fuel consumption for the small petrol engine is rated at 7.6 l/100km for the VTi and 7.8 l/100km for the VTi-L, amounting to an improvement of around 14 percent on the outgoing model.
Suspension is by MacPherson struts up front, with a torsion beam and amplitude reactive damper arrangement at the rear.
Brakes are ventilated discs up front, and solid discs at the rear.
The new Odyssey van measures in at 4840mm long and 1800mm wide, and a whopping 1695mm tall, while riding on a 2900mm wheelbase.
By comparison, the outgoing Odyssey wagon measures 4780mm long, 1800mm wide and just 1550mm tall, riding on a shorter 2830mm wheelbase.
The new Odyssey does away with the wagon styling of its predecessor, morphing into a taller van-like model with a low floor and one-touch sliding rear doors (one for VTi, two for VTi-L).
Australian buyers will have the option of either a seven-seat or, for the first time, an eight-seat layout.
Standard features for the VTi include automatic halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights, cloth seats, cruise control, ECON driving model 7-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, a multi-information display, steering mounted controls, independent front and rear climate control, remote central locking, three-seat second-row bench, Bluetooth/USB/iPhone connectivity with Apple Siri Eyes Free, and six-speaker audio.
The VTi's seating arrangement allows for eight-, five- or even two-seater layout, accommodating either more passengers or greater storage space.
The VTi-L model adds LED headlights, active cornering lights and front fog lights, tri-zone climate control, leather seats, heated and powered front seats, smart keyless entry and start, two 'captain chair' seats in second row.
The third row of seating offers a 40/20/20 split-folding design, and can be folded away into a under-floor storage space.
The VTi-L also allows passengers to follow away the rear row and slide the captain chairs back for a larger space in the second row, including a pair of ottoman foot rests.
VTi safety features include front and curtain airbags, reversing camera, hill-start assist, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, emergency stop signal, traction control, tyre pressure warning, vehicle stability assist.
Safety is boosted in the VTi-L with smart parking assist guidance, 360° multi-view camera, cross-traffic warning and blind-spot monitoring.
With all rows in place the deep boot offers 330 litres of storage, compared to 259 litres with the outgoing model’s seven-seat configuration. (Expanded storage figures still to come.)
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