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2018 Honda Odyssey to Debut in Detroit, Hopefully Look Better Than These Kids’ Drawings

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Teaser sketch of the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey

Teaser sketch of the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey

The fifth-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey will make its global debut in Detroit next year at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The all-new minivan will be unveiled during a noon press conference on January 9, 2017.

In anticipation of the big reveal, today Honda released an official teaser sketch (above), which seems to preview a sleek, modern, low and wide design scheme for the family-friendly vehicle.

Honda also released four “teaser scribbles” drawn by the young children of the Ohio-based Odyssey Design Team, which the automaker accurately describes as representing a “bold and youthful design.”

“Bold,” indeed! Take this rainbow-colored armadillo shell transporting a family of stick people with weird hats, for starters:

2018 Honda Odyssey Teaser Scribble

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Or this one, which renders the minivan as a Cap’n Crunch hat with arched windows:

2018 Honda Odyssey Teaser Scribble

Then, just in time for the holidays, there’s this pink nightmare:

2018 Honda Odyssey Teaser Scribble

Perhaps the most fridge-worthy (or at least most plausible) entry is this drawing, which looks a little like a minivan and a lot like a melting stick of butter:

2018 Honda Odyssey Teaser Scribble

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“We wanted to have a bit of fun by sharing some of the drawings from children of the Odyssey team members, since they were inspirational in shaping the family-friendly direction of the all-new Odyssey,” said Chad Harrison, Honda R&D America chief engineer and development leader of the new Odyssey.

In addition to the updated styling, Honda says that the 2018 Odyssey will feature new powertrains and a new suite of innovative connectivity, entertainment, and safety features.

Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.