Honda Elysion

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Honda Elysion (RR1-RR6)
2007 Honda Elysion.JPG
Production2004-2013 (JDM)
2012-2015 (China)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
LayoutFF layout/AWD
RelatedJDM Honda Odyssey
Honda Accord
JDM Honda LaGreat
Engine2.4 L K24A straight-4
3.0 L J30A V6
3.5 L J35A V6
Transmission5 speed automatic
Wheelbase2,900 mm (114.2 in)
Length4,920 mm (193.7 in)
Width1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Height1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Curb weight2,020 kg (4,450 lb)
PredecessorHonda LaGreat
SuccessorHonda Odyssey (RC1-RC2), for JDM and other Asian markets

The Honda Elysion (Japanese: ja:ホンダ・エリシオン) is a minivan with seven or eight seats that was initially sold only in Japan as a competitor to the Toyota Alphard and the Nissan Elgrand. It is related to the USA-spec Honda Odyssey but is not the same vehicle. One of the major differences from the previous generation JDM Honda Odyssey was that the rear doors were exchanged to sliding doors typically used on minivans, whereas the JDM Odyssey used conventional doors. The USA-spec Honda Odyssey, known in Japan as the Honda LaGreat, was too large for Japan, so the Elysion took many styling cues from the LaGreat and used them on a smaller vehicle.

In June 2012, the Elysion was introduced to the Chinese market. Production of the Elysion was ceased in October 2013 in Japan, but continued to be assembled and sold in China.

Honda was inspired to name the vehicle the "Elysion" from the classical Greek word Elysium, or heaven.[citation needed]


The Elysion appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show, on October 2003 as the "ASM", and was released for sale on 13 May 2004. A mild body restyle was introduced 29 September 2005, introducing an "Aero" and "VG Premium" trim level. 13 January 2006 saw the introduction of the "G Aero HDD Navi" and "VG HDD Navi Aero" edition. Another styling change was introduced 21 December 2006, including an interior update.

The Elysion was offered with either the 2.4 L DOHC direct injection K24A with i-VTEC producing 160 PS (117.7 kW; 157.8 bhp) or the 3.0 L SOHC J30A V6 i-VTEC producing 250 PS (183.9 kW; 246.6 bhp). The V6 was also available with "VCM" or Variable Cylinder Management. The upper trim level "Prestige" model was available with the J35A V6 used in the Honda Legend, producing 300 PS (220.6 kW; 295.9 bhp) and available with AWD. However, vehicles equipped with AWD had the engine power was reduced to 279 PS (205.2 kW; 275.2 bhp). For two-wheel drive vehicles, this was more power than that available in the Toyota Estima, which was quoted to be 280 PS (205.9 kW; 276.2 bhp).

The concept[edit]

This MPV was first seen as a concept car called Honda ASM at Tokyo Motor Show in late 2003 and finally made into a production half a year later with some cosmetic adjustments to its headlight, front grill and interior to make it more commercially friendly. Officially launched in mid-2004 for Japan domestic market.[citation needed]

The design[edit]

At 4840 mm, the length is identical as the 3.0L second-generation Odyssey RA6 or about 1 cm longer than current Camry. The 1830mm width is about 3 cm wider than the RA6 or about 2 cm wider than Camry. The different is on the clever space management making 70% of total space available as cabin plus the height of 1790mm, which is an extra of 18 cm from RA6 or about 24 cm more than the current odyssey.


The combination of a new 30% stronger high-rigidity steel, the Honda G-Con technology and the unique double platform with low central gravity floor, first seen on Merc A-class, makes Elysion (one box car) to achieve the highest 6 stars rating by Nasva and become one of the safest Japanese passenger car production ever, even higher than the competitor's luxury three-box (hood-cabin-boot) sedans.

The high safety percentage translates to how well the car protects its driver and occupants. An extensive crash report is available at this site and comparison by different models and brands at this site

The high-rigidity body also benefited to the overall comfort as the car handles any rough roads with poise, free of squeaks found in many older Hondas

The top-of-the-line VZ model is equipped with an IHCC (intelligent highway cruise control) and CMS (collision mitigation sensor) that works with radio-wave radar installed in the front grill to warn driver if he or she get too close with the car ahead and the seatbelt automatically tightening and brake ready, similar to the pre-cash system in the S-class. The radar can be double as night vision (a similar concept to the infra red night vision introduced in BMW) as it gives picture in a form of graphic of objects ahead displayed on its built in 8 inch navigation system at the dash.

Other safety equipment includes ABS (anti-lock brake), VSA (vehicle stability), TCS, sideslip, and AFS (adaptive front lighting) on its projector HID Xenon headlight.

Engine and brake[edit]

At launch, two choices of engines are available. The 2.4L i-VTEC K24A that is used in the current Odyssey produces about 160 horses and 22.2 kg-m of torque. With virtually the same specs and gear ratios, it behaves and drives very similar to the current Odyssey and sips about 10,2 km/l in 10–15 Japan standard test (3 times variable city driving stop and go and 1 time highway driving with 120 kg extra weight of two passengers and without a/c).

The compression ratio of 9.7 couples with an anti-knocking sensor and intelligent timing control makes it easy to take RON 95 grade. A similar 2.4L engine but with different overhead and higher compression ratio of 11.0 that produces 200hhp that is used in Honda JDM Odyssey Absolute is not yet available at this time for Elysion.

The other is an all new 3.0L V6 i-VTEC J30A with the VCM (variable cylinder management), shutting-off 3 cylinders on one bank of the V6 when reduced power is needed such as during cruising or driving down hill. The only tell-tale sign that the engine is running on 3 cylinders is when the ECO green light at the panels light up.[citation needed]

All Elysions are equipped with ventilated 4-disk brakes with ABS and EBD.

Trims and specifications[edit]

There are 6 different trim and grades plus 2 special AERO HDD editions. Three grade of 2.4L front-wheel-drive models are available, namely M, G and X. There are also three 3.0L front-wheel-drive models, VG, VX and VZ. Four-wheel-drive is optional on all models.


Second generation (RC1-RC2)
Honda Elysion II 01 China 2016-04-17.jpg
Also calledHonda Odyssey (international)
AssemblyWuhan, China (Dongfeng Honda)
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive
Engine2.4 L K24V6 DOHC i-VTEC I4
Wheelbase2,900 mm (114.2 in)
Length4,940 mm (194.5 in)
Width1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Height1,710 mm (67.3 in)


Honda announced to introduce the Elysion to the Chinese market in 2012. The Elysion was launched on June 7, 2012. The vehicle comes with a 2.4L i-VTEC K24Z5 engine, 5-speed auto transmission and is assembled locally by Honda's Chinese Joint-venture Dongfeng Honda. It is positioned as a corporate people-mover.[1]

The second generation Honda Elysion for the Chinese market based on the fifth generation Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2015 on 20 November 2015, and launched on 9 January 2016.


  1. ^ "Dongfeng Honda Releases Elysion MPV, Priced above Odyssey". China Auto Web. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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