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Honda Elevate Unveiled

Today in New Delhi, Honda’s SUV, the Elevate, made its world debut. This vehicle represents the company’s entry into the SUV market. However, Honda is not a newcomer to the SUV market; it previously offered the CR-V and BR-V models in India. Beginning in July 2023, reservations for the Elevate will be accepted. A price announcement will follow.

Honda Elevate

The Honda Elevate resembles more recent Honda SUVs sold outside, including the CR-V, in terms of appearance. The Elevate is essentially identical to the Creta in size at 4,312mm long, 1,650mm high, and 2,650mm in wheelbase. It has a 458-litre boot and 220mm of ground clearance; the Creta is 190mm higher off the ground.

The Elevate has a large grille, two fog lamps underneath, and slim, LED headlights on either side. Like in the City, a substantial chrome bar connects the headlamps and the LED daytime running lights. The flat nose of the Elevate sports a large Honda emblem in the centre.

The new Honda midsize SUV has slightly flared wheel arches on the side that are covered in thick plastic cladding, giving it a bulky SUV appearance. The window line tapers upward towards the large C-pillar. The facelifted City’s 17-inch alloy wheels are also available on the Elevate.

Honda Elevate

It has a slightly sloped back window and taillights joined by a red bar that resembles a light bar at the back. The wraparound taillights resemble those on the most recent WR-V models offered in countries like Indonesia. Additionally, the rear has an indentation for housing the licence plate.

A 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen stands alone in the centre of the Elevate’s dashboard. The Elevate only has a single-pane sunroof compared to the other three of its eight competitors, which all have panoramic sunroofs. This luxury feature will soon be added to the upcoming Kia Seltos facelift, which currently has a single-pane sunroof.

It also includes a rear parking camera, a wireless smartphone connection with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 7-inch digital instrument display.

With features including a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road departure warning, and automatic high beam assist, Honda will also include it’s Sensing ADAS suite in the Elevate. The Seltos facelift will also gain driver assistance technology, making the MG Astor the only other midsize SUV with ADAS at the moment.

The Global Small Car platform used by the Japanese company to construct the Honda City sedan also serves as the foundation for the Honda Elevate. The SUV’s 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 121 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, is shared with the City. Either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT delivers power to the front wheels.

Additionally, the automaker has declared that an electric drivetrain would be available for the Elevate within the next three years.

The Elevate will compete against vehicles like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, and the future Citroen C3 Aircross in the fiercely competitive midsize SUV sector.

With only the City and Amaze sedans in its current lineup, Honda’s return to the SUV market is a much-needed move. Given the fierce competition among companies for market share in the mid-size SUV segment, Honda will be depending on Elevate to give it a boost. A lot will depend on the pricing. Honda is being coy at the moment on costs, but an announcement is expected soon.

The Elevate SUV’s mother plant is in India, and Honda has announced that the SUV will be sold in numerous foreign regions.

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