It will be the second refresh given to the current-gen minivan. Things move a bit slower in the minivan world. If the Honda Odyssey were an SUV, right now we’d likely be looking at a next-gen model swathed in full camouflage front-to-rear. Instead, we have a second facelift coming for the current-generation van, with the emphasis here on the face.
This is our first look at Honda’s refreshed people mover, which we expect to see revealed later this year. The solid camouflage covers at the front do an admirable job of hiding details, though we believe the changes will ultimately be minor. We see the outline of the grille and headlights in the fabric, showing the same general shape as the current version. Rectangular cutouts on the corners show stacked driving lights that also have a similar shape, though the structures look a bit different. Further down, we can barely see the bottom of the front fascia with some interesting new notches.
Under the skin, however, we expect no changes. That means a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 280 horsepower, driving only the front wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Honda doesn’t offer hybrid or all-wheel drive are not offered.
We know an updated Odyssey is coming, but will there be a next-generation model after it? Details haven’t been announced on that but for the near-term, we’re expecting Honda to unveil the facelifted 2024 model within the next few months.