Honda Concept M - Next Odyssey preview?

MPVs (read minivans) are big in China right now and Honda used Auto Shanghai 2013 to debut the Concept M that previews a model that will debut next year in select markets. Is this the new Odyssey? On some levels let's hope so. First, I'm not a fan of the current Odyssey's lightning bolt side accent that makes an otherwise clean design overly busy. The Concept M has a nice side view although the aluminum accents might not see production in this form. The grille is fussy, but it does seem to be a new interpretation of current Honda "truck" designs. When the production model makes the rounds in the coming year, expect the styling to be toned down (which is typical for Honda). The interior is clean (watch the video) but I doubt the hidden tray tables will see this side of the Pacific if this is in fact a precursor of the next Odyssey van. The size is hard to pin down from these pics, but it is a six-passenger vehicle (with middle row captain's chairs) and therre are numerous Odyssey styling cues. Interesting. Definitely more to come...

Source: Honda - Brief press release and video after the jump.

Press Release:
Honda Exhibits World Premiere of the "Concept M" a New-Value MPV Concept Model at Auto Shanghai 2013

SHANGHAI, China, April 20, 2013 - Honda today exhibited the world premiere of the Concept M, a concept model of a mass-production vehicle to go on sale next year, at Auto Shanghai 2013 (the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, press day: April 20, public days: April 23 - 29).

  • Introducing the "Concept M" new-value MPV concept model

The Concept M is a concept vehicle for the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) segment developed mainly for Chinese market. Currently, commercial vehicles account for the majority of the MPV market in China. To such an MPV market, Honda will introduce a new-value vehicle that offers the attributes of a passenger car while adding new value through the realization of a comfortable and spacious cabin space made possible by Honda's packaging technologies, and the fun of driving. The Concept M was designed by the design studio at the Automobile R&D Center of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Japan. Honda is making progress in the development of a mass-production vehicle based on this concept model aiming for market introduction next year.