One of the most popular segments in the Indian auto sector is the mid-size SUV class, which is currently dominated by certain prominent manufacturers. Despite the arrival of new models from a number of other manufacturers in recent years, the Creta from Hyundai has long held the title of best-selling mid-size SUV lately. The 'Elevate', an upcoming model from Honda Cars India, will be the next significant offering to enter this rapidly expanding market. Honda sells only the Amaze and the City sedans in India as of now, after the Jazz and the WR-V were discontinued, thus the Elevate is predicted to be the company's next big thing in its sparse two-car lineup. Honda continues to be losing out on the popularity of high-riding cars since it doesn't provide any SUVs. The Elevate, though, will likely improve the situation for the automaker. Here's all you can expect from the soon-to-be-launched SUV.
Honda Elevate SUV: Design
A preview of the Elevate SUV's real-world look has been provided by the carmaker in the form of a teaser photo. The SUV's likely basis is the globally available Honda HR-V model, according to the SUV's silhouette. The profile of the HR-V SUV may be seen in the new Elevate teaser image. An official photo of the Honda Elevate SUV that highlights its impressive characteristics was previously made public. A small sunroof, a strong shoulder line, roof rails, body-coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), and a fairly flat bonnet were all noticeable features from the top view. The alloy wheel design is what the most recent teaser image emphasises most.
The Elevate SUV may have 15-inch tyres, which may seem very modest given the size of the vehicle based on spy photos shared on social media. When compared to rival models like the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos, the SUV appears to have more length, height, and width. The front of the Elevate SUV is expected to be robust, with a large grille area and svelte wraparound LED headlamps adding to its chiselled look. An LED strip connecting the taillights will be included on the SUV's back, along with Elevate badging and reflectors.
Honda Elevate SUV: Engine and Gearbox
The brand-new SUV is anticipated to employ the same 1.5-litre gasoline engine units as the Honda City, which are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox and produce 121bhp and 145Nm. In the Elevate SUV, Honda may also include City Hybrid technology in the form of a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine coupled to a dual electric motor system, producing 126bhp and 253Nm. This engine promises above 25km/l with the Elevate and boasts a fuel efficiency of 27.13km/l in the sedan. There is a probability that an electric powertrain may eventually be offered on the market.
Honda Elevate SUV: Interior Features
A 360-degree camera setup was already revealed by a recent spy photo of the Honda Elevate, which was visible from the bulge under the ORVM enclosure. The single-pane sunroof that will be included in Honda's next compact SUV was also featured in an earlier official teaser. A larger touchscreen display than the one offered on the City sedan ( 8-inch), a digital driver's display, cruise control, wireless phone charging, and ventilated front seats are just a few of the amenities that the Elevate's interior is anticipated to be loaded with. In its small SUV, the auto manufacturer may also provide advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assistance, and front collision warning. The Elevate will only be the second small SUV after the MG Astor to have this safety system if it is made available.
Honda Elevate SUV: Market Competitors
Price details for the Elevate are anticipated to be revealed in August, with estimated potential pricing starting at Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom). Besides this, upon launch, the small SUV is going to compete against vehicles such as the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, the Volkswagen Taigun, the Skoda Kushaq, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, and the MG Astor.