After years of hiatus, Honda Cars India has finally added a new SUV to its line-up. Globally unveiling the Honda Elevate in India, the company is all set to take enter the highly competitive compact SUV segment that already has 8 other offerings.
2023 also marks Honda’s 25th anniversary in India. Celebrating this momentous occasion, the company has committed to launch 5 new SUVs in India by 2030.
Honda Elevate: Exterior Design
From the outside, the new Honda Elevate features a clean sheet design that is exudes masculinity and confidence. The thick protective body design creates a larger than life appeal for the SUV.
Up front, the four-wheeler features a large flat bonnet with muscular lines. Lower down there is the signature horizontal grille with the Honda logo in the centre. The grille is flanked by the sleek LED headlamp.
Towards the sides, the car features squared-off wheel arches and a prominent kink in the rear window. Like with all compact SUVs, the Elevate also come equipped with chunky body cladding all around along with new design 16-inch alloy wheels.
At the rear, we get to see a new vertical tailgate featuring new LED tail lamp that emphasise the width of the car.
Honda Elevate: Interior & Features
While the exterior is all-new, the interior of the Elevate shares more in common with the recently facelifted Honda City. The multi-layer dashboard design that features a large 10.25-inch floating touchscreen system and new AC controls. Also new to the car is the black and brown colour scheme that helps increase the overall cabin appeal.
In terms of features, the Elevate carries forward most of the equipment from the City including the fully-automatic climate control, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, Honda Connect technology, electric sunroof and wireless charge among others.
Despite its long features list, the Elevate misses out on some crucial features that is offered as on most models in the segment. These including ventilated seats, 360-degree camera, ambient lighting and panoramic sunroof among others.
Honda Elevate: Safety Equipment
One segment where the new Honda Elevate stands out from the competition will be in terms of safety. All models will come be provided with up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, hill start assist, lane watch camera and more.
In addition to the above-mentioned equipment, brand will be providing the SUV with its Honda Sensing ADAS tech with features like adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam assist, lane keep assist and more. The Elevate will be the first compact SUV in India to come equipped with ADAS tech which could tip the scales in its favour.
Honda Elevate: Powertrain Options
At launch, the Honda Elevate will be offered with only a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine is rated for a maximum power output of 115 bhp and peak torque of 145 Nm. This petrol engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox option.
Booking are open for the new model and prices will be announced during festive season 2023. Prices for the four-wheeler could start at Rs 9.00 lakh (ex-showroom) and extend to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-spec hybrid variant.
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