Honda Elevate makes global debut and takes on the mid-size SUV segment
Honda Cars India has finally taken the wraps off its all-new mid-size SUV, the Elevate. This happens to be the first time in a long time that we've seen a completely new Honda-developed in India. Although Honda is very late to the mid-size SUV party, it was about time as they haven't had an SUV on sale in India since the CR-V left in 2020. Bookings for this new Honda SUV will be underway from next month.
Honda Elevate: Design and Dimensions
The Elevate shares design elements with the sixth-generation CR-V and the new-generation WR-V, both of which are available globally. The Elevate is 4,312mm long, 1,790 wide and stands 1,650mm tall. With a wheelbase of 2,650mm, ground clearance of 220mm and boot space of 458 litres, this new offering from Honda already speaks for itself in terms of space.
The new Honda signature grille at the nose and the slightly squared-off silhouette give the a very bold front fascia. The front features full LED headlight units and fog lamps at the bottom.
On the flanks, Honda's new midsize SUV has slightly flared wheel arches that give it a hefty SUV appearance, as well as a set of 16-inch alloy wheels identical to the ones seen on the facelifted City. The Elevate features a slightly sloped rear window and wraparound taillights at the back, and that squarish theme from the front flows all the way to the back as well.
Honda Elevate: Powertrains
The Honda Elevate will be offered with the Honda City's 121PS and 145 Nm of torque 1.5-litre petrol engine. This motor will be paired with a 6-speed manual or an optional CVT unit. The more powerful strong hybrid engine from the City eHEV is likely to hit the market later.
Although the diesel engine is still doing well in this segment, the Elevate won't get that option as Honda has completely ruled out the diesel motor from India.
Honda Elevate: Interior and Features
The new Honda Elevate will be a 5-seater SUV and won't be offered with an additional third row. The Elevate has a standalone infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. The horizontally oriented screen measures 10.25 inches and will feature wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging pad, single pane sunroof and ventilated front seats are just some of the other interior amenities.
The Honda Sensing ADAS suite, which includes a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, departure warning, and automatic high beam assist, will also be available in the Elevate.
Honda Elevate: Launch and Competition
Prices for the Honda Elevate will be announced in the month of August. We expect the starting price to be around Rs 12 lakh while the to end variants should be priced well over Rs 15 lakh. As expected the Elelvate will take on the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder and soon-to-be-launched Citroen C3 Aircross.
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