A look at the new Honda Odyssey, Pilot

By Inigo S. Roces

Posted at Jul 23 2012 01:28 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2012 07:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Honda Cars Philippines Inc. gave Filipinos new reasons to go on road trips with the recent unveiling of two new vehicles: the all-new Pilot and the Odyssey, mainstays in Honda’s US market line-up.

Both vehicles feature unibody construction and independent suspension to provide a car-like driving feel and ride comfort.

These new vehicles mark the fifth and sixth new models that Honda has introduced in 2012, proving its determination in strengthening the brand’s presence in the Philippine automotive market since the tragic Thai floods that crippled Honda’s production capabilities in Asia last year.

For the launch, Honda flew in Stephen Frey, principal engineer of the all-new Odyssey from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Kerry McClure, principal engineer of the all-new Pilot from Honda R&D Americas to talk about the development and features of both vehicles.

The all-new Pilot is an 8-seater SUV developed with the concept of “intelligent family adventure.” The Pilot hopes to provide passengers with equal and enjoyable experiences in the car and is equipped with various amenities and flexible cargo configurations to do so.

Features like a dash-mounted stick shift provides more space on the console. A tri-zone climate control system lets passengers in front and in the rear set their own temperatures. A high mounted LCD display doubles as a display for the back up camera.

The power rear tail-gate automatically stops when it detects an obstacle in its path. A rear glass hatch lets passengers easily access items behind without having to open the entire tailgate.

Finally, the variable cylinder management (VCM), like that of the Accord, switches off cylinders depending on the situation for improved fuel efficiency. The Pilot is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 257 horsepower. It is paired with a 5-speed automatic that delivers power to all four wheels. The vehicle will only have one variant and will be priced at P2.6 million.


Honda’s other vehicle, the Odyssey, is an eight-seater minivan, developed with the concept of being the “ultimate family vehicle.”

The Odyssey combines chic new styling, class-leading performance, advanced family safety, and ultimate utility. Its exterior features a “lightning bolt” side profile for a distinctive look.

Like its stable mate, it features a dash moutned stick shift for more space on the console, a rear view camera and a flexible seating configuration.

One of the Odyssey’s proudest features is the variable seat configuration. The first row’s console can be removed and serve as a cooler. The second row can be removed entirely or by section to create more space. The third row can entirely fold flat into the cargo floor, or can be split fold to accommodate long items.

Both sliding doors and the tailgate are power assisted to ease loading and have anti-pinch function, which prevents a person from being accidentally caught when closing.

Like the Pilot, the Odyssey is also powered by a 3.5 liter engine with VCM. It is also paired with a 5-speed automatic the drives the front wheels.

The Odyssey, however, will be priced higher than the Pilot, with a figure of P2.8 million.

“We have observed Philippine families going out together during weekends and enjoying each other’s company, whether in a mall or in an out-of-town getaway,” Honda Cars Philippines president Tatsuya Natsume said during his opening remarks.

“With the Odyssey and Pilot, these customers will be ensured of an enjoyable travelling experience together with their families," he said. "I would like to reiterate not only the continued return of Honda in the Philippine market, but Honda is back with an extended family.”