Honda ElevateTo make Its Global Debut Tomorrow
The Honda Elevate, which will be unveiled to the world tomorrow, is the Japanese automaker’s official entrance into the midsize SUV market. Importantly, this brings back an SUV that Honda India has been missing since the CR-V was discontinued in 2020. While the Amaze and City sedans have been selling reasonably well, it is undeniable that an SUV is necessary for a carmaker’s lineup given the demand for the body shape.
With Citroen’s recent entry into the C3 Aircross, the Honda Elevate will be the segment’s ninth model overall. Yes, Honda is a bit late to the party and has some stiff competition.
However, there is also some excitement surrounding it. The City serves as the foundation for The Elevate, making it a solid starting point. Additionally, spy shots imply that it will have a style that matches Honda’s global lineup of SUVs, including the CR-V and HR-V, as well as ADAS technologies and perhaps even a hybrid powertrain in the future. Here are 5 things about Honda’s new Creta rival that you should know before it is officially unveiled worldwide.
The sixth-generation CR-V and the recently unveiled new WR-V will share stylistic cues with the Elevate. According to the spy photos, the new HR-V has aggressively designed LED headlights and a flat snout with a prominent Honda logo in the centre. It has taillights at the back that resemble those on the new WR-V. Other notable design features include multi-spoke alloy wheels, squarish wheel arches, and a noticeable bend in the rear window. Regarding size, the Elevate is anticipated to be comparable to the section at 4.2–4.3 metres in length.
On the inside, though, you may anticipate more parallels to the City. One thing that is anticipated to remain roughly the same is the equipment list, which also contains the ADAS functions. In fact, we just informed you that all Honda vehicles sold in India in the future will include ADAS characteristics. A single-pane sunroof for the Elevate was also revealed by Honda in a teaser, but that isn’t nearly competitive in the class given that the most of competitors offer panoramic sunroofs. Other features can include wireless phone connectivity, wireless charging, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen and semi-digital instrument cluster from the City.
The Elevate will share its petrol powertrain with the sedan and be built on the same basis as the fifth-generation City. This indicates that the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, normally aspirated engine with 121 horsepower would power the Elevate. It will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. There won’t be a diesel, but the 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid engine from the City is anticipated to join the lineup later.
The Hyundai Creta has dominated this market niche, which is currently one of the most competitive ones, for years. The Grand Vitara and Hyryder duo have recently also grown in favour, and the C3 Aircross will soon offer this market the adaptability of a three-row seating arrangement. Even the Kia Seltos will soon receive a mid-life facelift that will add a new turbo-petrol powerplant and even more amenities. The Elevate will compete against a strong selection of SUVs that provide luxury amenities and a variety of powertrain choices.
Prices for the Elevate are anticipated to be revealed in August of this year, following its unveiling. Given that Hondas normally cost a little bit more than their competitors, we anticipate costs to start at roughly Rs 11 lakh to Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). However, because there is just one petrol engine available, the most expensive petrol automatic variant is anticipated to cost roughly Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
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