The New Honda Odyssey Makes Its Malaysian Debut

Honda has pulled the covers off the latest vehicle to hit its Malaysian dealerships, the facelifted Odyssey. This name has been slapped on the back of the brand’s premium multipurpose vehicle (MPV) since the mid-90s, and is one of the more sought-after in the segment.

Honda Malaysia President and COO Roslan Abdullah (left) and MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama with the New Odyssey

The fifth-generation Odyssey, launched in 2013, has accumulated a sizeable fan base thanks to its ability to convincingly fill up the checklists of those after an accomplished family vehicle. Having undergone a comprehensive update recently, it now offers even more to prospective buyers.

A refreshed look isn’t the only fresh aspect gracing the new Odyssey, for the model has followed in the tyre tracks of its siblings (the CR-V and the Accord) and now comes with Honda’s proprietary safety suite, Honda SENSING.  

The New Odyssey (left) alongside the Accord; both of which come with Honda SENSING technology

Strong Sense Of Safety
Simply put, Honda SENSING – which netted the 2016 ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Award in the “Best Safety Technology” from a carmaker category – is a compilation of various advanced systems that contribute to a driving experience bolstered by an added measure of peace of mind. In Honda’s own words, the components of Honda SENSING available on the Odyssey are:

Features for Safety:
+ Forward Collision Warning (FCW) that will trigger a visual warning and audible alerts for the driver when the monocular camera and a millimetre wave radar detect that it is at risk of collision with the front vehicle.
+ Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) which assists in applying brake force progressively when it senses an increasing risk of collision.
+ Lane Departure Warning (LDW) which monitors vehicle lane position using cameras, and alerts if the driver drives out of the lane.
+ Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) that provides alerts, applies brakes and assists the driver’s steering to prevent driving off the road.

Honda SENSING technology can be found in the automaker’s new models seen here; the Accord, CR-V and Odyssey (left to right)

Features for Convenience & Comfort:
+ Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that sets a desired speed and following interval from the vehicle detected ahead.
+ Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) which uses camera to read lane markings and assist the driver’s steering to keep the vehicle in the centre of its lane.

Akkbar Danial, Honda Malaysia Group Vice President, said, “In addition to Honda SENSING, the New Odyssey is expected to elevate the safety benchmark in Malaysia’s MPV segment with its unrivalled premium safety features. These include the Multi-view Camera System, Smart Parking Assist System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitoring. On top of all these features which are exclusively found only in the Odyssey, the car is also equipped with six airbags.”

Plenty To Appreciate
The exterior and interior of the new Odyssey sport notable revisions in design, with little carried over from the pre-facelift model. Style upgrades, like the 17-inch dual-tone alloys and LED rear lamps, are discernible from bumper to bumper, ensuring that it is still a very-desirable MPV in today’s market.

In the airy cabin, enhancements such as a 4-way powered passenger seat and Premium Captain Cradle Seats with Ottoman functions add to a vibrant infotainment system to make for a very appealing place to be during a long drive.  The combination of a 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine and a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) meanwhile treads the line between performance and efficiency, no matter if it’s a serene highway cruise or a drive to the local supermarket.

There is only one variant of the Odyssey offered here, and it is loaded with the aforementioned bells and whistles. GST included, the car retails at RM254,800 without insurance, and comes in three colours; Super Platinum Metallic, Platinum White Pearl Premium or Twinkle Black Pearl – the latter two being new options. A 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and 10,000km service intervals complete the sales package.

Honda Malaysia In 2018
As it eases into the year, Honda Malaysia is investing RM31 million in a number of goals and targets. Its 2018 vehicle sales target has been set at 109,000 units, and more emphasis will be placed on after-sales service and heightened customer satisfaction. To this end, it plans to open seven more dealerships in the country while introducing an express dealer concept. A new after-sales portal will be launched as well to provide easy access for customers via computers and mobile devices, and Honda Toll Free call centre will now operate 7 days a week, 13 hours a day from 9am to 10pm including public holidays.

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