Honda has unveiled the Honda Odyssey Concept which previews the 2011 production vehicle set to debut in the US this fall.

The new Honda Odyssey Concept is now being displayed at the Chicago Auto Show. It represents what the North American specific fourth-generation Odyssey will look like. America's best-selling minivan (135,493 sold in calendar year 2008 and 100,133 in 2009) has been designed to look slicker and more streamlined than the current model.

Dimensions listed for the concept are: 202.8 inches (5.1m) long, 78.5 inches (1.99m) wide, 68.3 inches (1.73m) high and a wheelbase of 118.1 inches (3m). It features a lower and wider stance with a roofline measuring one inch lower than the incumbent. Honda placed a "lightening bolt" beltline to further accentuate its presence.

"The Odyssey established its reputation by providing families with what they most want in a minivan - great functionality, an emphasis on safety and good fuel economy," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of American Honda product planning. "Odyssey then further delighted customers with its surprisingly engaging, fun-to-drive and dynamic nature. The next-generation Odyssey promises to take these strengths to a higher level while adding more style and personality."

Exterior highlights include a unique side-glass profile, a steeply raked front pillar, projector beam headlights, fender flares, LED taillights and a tapered rear cabin shape.

According to Honda, the Odyssey will sport advanced aerodynamics and powertrain technologies for improved fuel efficiency. Preliminary company estimates claim 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway figures for certain models.

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey goes on sale in the US this autumn.


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