Safety Sensing now standard on VTi-L, prices rise across the range

Honda Australia has released pricing and specs for the updated 2018 Odyssey range, kicking off from $37,990 before on-road costs.

The MY18 Odyssey has been treated to a number of upgrades in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) suppression, along with changes to the exterior and interior design.

Entry-level VTi cars now get the chromed 'aero' grille previously reserved for higher-spec models, along with chrome-ringed front fog-lights. It's priced from $37,990 before on-roads, an increase of $380 over the outgoing car. Honda Sensing isn't available on the car at this stage, although that may change down the track if Stephen Collins, Honda Australia's director, is anything to go by.

“The addition of Honda Sensing on the new Odyssey VTi-L represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist features and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range over the next few years,” he said.

“So while it will take some time before the Honda Sensing system is standardised across all models and all grades, we are committed to supporting the safe and comfortable driving of our customers with Honda’s driver-assist technologies.”

Jumping to the VTi-L boosts the price to $47,590 – $1100 more than before – and brings a new bumper, LED front fog-lights and a 'dark-chrome' finish on the grille and door handles.

It also gets Honda Sensing as standard, which means adaptive-cruise control, forward-collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning, road-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

The car rides on two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, and the rear fascia, badge and tailgate have been reworked as well.

Second-row passengers will notice plusher headrests on their captain chairs and extra storage pockets, while front-seat passengers benefit from a re-trimmed instrument panel and doors, a new start button and folding door mirrors. It's the little things, right?

Perhaps more importantly, the VTi-L now boasts a peak towing capacity of 1000kg.

Both models are available in two new colours: Cobalt Blue pearlescent and Platinum White pearlescent, which replace Modern Steel metallic and White Orchid pearlescent. All paint colours are no-cost options.

The VTi the car in blue, the VTi-L is in white.