Honda announces five new SUVs for India by 2030
Honda unveiled the Elevate SUV today and confirmed its India launch later this year. At the unveiling, the brand also announced five new SUVs for the Indian market, including the upcoming Elevate, by the end of this decade, and the all-electric Elevate in the next three years. It is also important to note that the carmaker will start bookings for the SUV in July. Honda will first launch the Elevate in India and then export it to other markets.
Honda's New SUVs by 2030: What India Might Get?
In terms of new SUVs, the Japanese carmaker did not share any details about the upcoming offerings. It could be a mixture of completely new models and products from its global portfolio. Some of the SUVs in its lineup are the CR-V, ZR-V, HR-V, and its first-ever electric SUV, the E:NY1. Since the Indian market will get the Elevate, the HR-V is unlikely to make its way here. However, the CR-V or ZR-V might be an option. In fact, Honda used to sell the CR-V in the country. Notably, both these SUVs come powered by a hybrid powertrain. If Honda ever plans to introduce these SUVs, it may have to consider bringing them via the CKD route as that will make them significantly inexpensive.
The all-electric E:NY1 SUV gets a 68.8kWh battery pack that provides a WLTP-certified range of 412km. Its electric motor produces 204PS and 310Nm of torque. Notably, Honda also previewed three electric SUVs at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. However, these EVs will first go on sale in China. Apart from bringing the existing SUVs to India, Honda could also plan to develop a completely new range of SUVs for markets such as India.
The Elevate SUV: Honda's New Innings in the Fastest Growing SUV Segment
With the upcoming Elevate SUV, Honda is planning to strengthen its presence in the country by entering the fastest growing SUV segment. In its bid to launch the new SUV, the automaker, along with its dealer partners, is said to have invested Rs 260 crore to revamp its dealership network. Additionally, its dealer outlets have already invested money in the makeover of around 100 dealerships.