Kids sketch out their visions of the next-generation Odyssey ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut.
I hope the 2018 Honda Odyssey looks exactly like the sketch above.
The next-generation Odyssey minivan is coming to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January – you can see the official rendering just below this paragraph. As for these kids' scribbles, Honda asked members of its Ohio-based Odyssey development team to have their children draw their personal visions for an all-new minivan. The results, as you can see below, are pretty hilarious. I particularly like the blue one, that looks like a weird Dr. Seuss character with a killer overbite.
Honda isn't revealing too much about the new Odyssey just yet. In its official press release, the automaker only confirms the new minivan "will feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling, and showcase a new suite of innovative features."
The current Odyssey is one of the best minivans in the class, and is holding up pretty well, even after several years on the market. But with the new-kid-on-the-block Chrysler Pacifica garnering attention with its modern amenities and hybrid powertrain, there's certainly room for Honda to improve.
We'll know exactly how the next-generation Odyssey plans to compete when it bows on Monday, January 9. For now, click through the press blast below to read Honda's official words, and definitely check out the kids' sketches in the gallery. They're great.
2018 Honda Odyssey "Sketches"
HONDA TO DEBUT ALL-NEW 2018 ODYSSEY MINIVAN AT 2017 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
- Next gen Odyssey to feature new powertrains, advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety promising the ultimate in family-friendly versatility and comfort
- Odyssey teaser sketch reveals sophisticated, low and wide design
- “Teaser scribbles" showcase vision of youthful designers
- Press Conference scheduled for Jan. 9, 2017 @ 12:00 p.m. EST
DETROIT – The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan will make its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9. The 5th-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned and will feature new powertrain technology, sophisticated styling and showcase a new suite of innovative features, making it the ultimate in family-friendly design and packaging. The Honda press conference will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 9, 2017.
An official teaser sketch of the all-new Odyssey was released today, along with four "teaser scribbles" from children of the Ohio-based Odyssey Development Team. These "scribbles" represent bold and youthful design, but the company admits adopting these futuristic illustrations "as is" from these doodling designers could present a variety of real world challenges, so more testing and validation will be required.
"We wanted to have a bit of fun by sharing some of the drawings from children of the Odyssey team members, since they were inspirational in shaping the family-friendly direction of the all-new Odyssey," said Chad Harrison, chief engineer at Honda R&D America and the development leader of the new Odyssey.
Through five generations, the Honda Odyssey has consistently met the evolving needs of American families. The most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for six years running, the Odyssey is leading again in 20161. In addition, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with under-35-year-old buyers in every year since 20102, and American car buyers have purchased nearly 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.