What is it about the promise of a redesigned Honda Odyssey that’s got me all excited? I have no idea. But I wish I didn’t like it as much as I do.
While being billed as a concept, the Odyssey that Honda is showing off at the Chicago Auto Show looks to be nearly production ready and is a huge departure from the current design. That’s a bit of a gamble, considering the current Odyssey is the best-selling minivan in the U.S.
This new van is 1 inch lower and 1.4 inches wider, and it looks like Honda borrowed some design cues from the Ford Edge up front. It works, and it’s a design I very much prefer over the boxy and awkward Dodge Grand Caravan.
The new Odyssey will hit showrooms this fall.
For fans of heavy duty pickups, don’t look past the 2011 Chevy Silverado. It may not look much different on the outside, but under the sheet metal lies some serious capability.
Let’s start with the available new 6.6-liter Duramax diesel mated to a new Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Together, this Silverado powertrain is capable of towing up to 20,000 pounds. Put that in your horse trailer and smoke it, Toyota Tundra.
Duramax Silverados also feature an exhaust brake feature, which according to GM’s press release:
uses the turbine control of the variable geometry turbocharger and the compression of the engine to generate backpressure, slowing the vehicle without applying the brakes. It is a smart system integrated with the cruise control feature and varies the braking to account for the grade and vehicle load.
The exhaust brake system allows for virtually effortless driving and towing, with seamless and quiet operation. It also helps prolong brake life and prevents overheating the brakes on long, downhill grades.
The 2011 Silverado goes on sale this summer, alongside a 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Suburban. Chevy’s Suburban is the only vehicle to have been in production for 75 straight years. Pretty cool, I say.
Finally, take a look at the Nissan Juke and let us know what you think. The new small crossover-SUV will be sold in the States and come with either FWD or AWD. Europe will get a 187-horsepower 1.6-liter direct injected turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 177 pound-feet of torque – let’s hope we get the same engine here!
This car could help Nissan separate itself from the competition, like the original Murano did in 2001. Or, on the other hand, it could fade into obscurity like the oddly styled Quest minivan. Whatever happens with it, I gotta respect Nissan for taking such a dramatic design into production.
Will the Nissan Juke soar or flop? Would you consider one?