Caitlin Duncan. Honda. October 18th , 2017.
Wraparound chrome trim adds a luxurious touch on all trims, as do chrome door handles on EX and above trims, and body-color lower side sills on the Touring and Elite trims. Re-engineering the sliding side door mechanisms removes the previous models visible rails along the rear body sides, giving the new Odyssey a cleaner appearance, while the larger 18-inch and available 19-inch wheels and tires further bolster the 2018 Odyssey athletic stance.
The new Honda Odyssey includes an underbody aero package consisting of a 2-piece undercover behind the front fascia and underneath the engine and transmission, flat underbody surfaces extending between the front and rear wheel areas, air-diverting strakes positioned ahead of all four tires, and an additional undercover behind the left rear tire (the tailpipe occupies the space behind the right rear tire). These undercovers directly improve fuel efficiency, particularly on the highway.
The Odyssey Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors engine functions to determine the best ignition spark timing. Two engine block-mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensors "listen" to the engine, and based on this input, the ECU can retard the ignition timing to prevent potentially damaging detonation. The engine has an ignition coil unit for each cylinder positioned within each spark plug access bore. To help improve fuel efficiency, the Odyssey Touring and Elite are equipped with Idle-Stop capability. When the system is enabled by the driver and certain operating conditions are met, the Idle-Stop system will automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver releases the brake pedal after a stop, or if the steering wheel is turned. If the Brake Hold system is in use, the engine quickly restarts after the throttle is depressed.
To provide extra sound insulation by blocking off hollow pillars, acoustic spray foam is applied in 14 locations in the Odyssey body for the first time in Honda history. The areas include the base of the A-, B-, C- and D-pillars, as well as the base of the windshield frame and at the top of the C- and D-pillars. In addition, acoustic tape is applied at base of the A-, B- and C-pillars, and a foam stopper is applied to the bottom of the B-pillar. Altogether, the use of these body sealing techniques results in a 55-percent reduction in body leaks, which significantly reduces noise entering the cabin in critical sections. All foam and acoustic tape application is done while the unit-body is in its just manufactured "body-in-white" form - before attachment of key components and assemblies.
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