Paige Dodd. Honda. October 19th , 2017.
Multiple grades of high-strength steel are used in the Odyssey body construction to help achieve excellent overall vehicle dynamics, optimize safety performance, reduce weight, and lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The combination of advanced materials and evolved engineering processes save 75 lbs. in unit-body weight compared to the previous-generation Odyssey. The 2018 Honda Odyssey features several unique advancements in body design and materials that significantly improve overall rigidity, while reducing weight. This directly helps improve overall vehicle dynamics, crash safety performance, interior quietness, and long-term durability.
The new Odyssey makes widespread use of structural adhesives in the unit-body, supplementing structural welds and significantly increasing rigidity without the additional mass of steel components. Structural adhesives are used at the roof edges and around the moonroof opening, in the front floor and cowl area, in the A- and B-pillars, around the front suspension upper mounts, and extensively throughout the rear of the body. Applied before the body panels are welded together, some 147.6 feet of adhesives (32.8 ft. more than in the previous Odyssey generation) account for approximately 3.5 percent of the entire unit-body stiffness.
Powering the 2018 Honda Odyssey is a 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The new engine is common with the powerplant in the 2017 Pilot and is mated to one of two new transmissions - a 9-speed automatic (9AT), also introduced in the Pilot, for LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L NR trims, and an all-new minivan and front wheel drive-first 10-speed automatic (10AT) for Touring and Elite models. For the first time ever, all Odyssey models are equipped with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, to give drivers greater control over transmission operation, which is particularly useful in mountainous driving or when towing. Models equipped with the new 10AT also have a new Idle-Stop capability, which further enhances fuel efficiency.
The 2018 Odyssey receives the most thorough and intensive array of aerodynamic refinements of any Odyssey generation to date. This comprehensive approach boosts aerodynamic efficiency and reduces wind noise. Examples of the aero efforts found on the 2018 Odyssey include extensive under covers, the Active Shutter Grille system, hidden windshield wipers, wind-sculptured side mirrors (power folding on Elite), and many small but pertinent details such as under-body strakes, shark fin-type antenna, and a rear spoiler (black on LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trims, body-color on Elite).
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