Earlier this month, Honda Cars India launched the Elevate SUV in India, with prices starting at Rs 11 lakh for the base variant and going all the way up to Rs 16 lakh for the top-of-the-line variant. Both prices are ex-showroom. The SUV is offered with a sole 1.5-litre naturally aspirated powertrain option and is available in four different variants – SV, V, VX, and ZX. Bookings for the made-for-India SUV began in July 2023, with over 100 units of the mid-size SUV delivered already. As of now, the Elevate SUV commands a waiting period of about 6 months. The lower-spec SV and the V are seeing a waiting period of about 2 to 3 months, while the waiting period for the higher-spec VX and the ZX models hits 6 months in India due to their feature-rich cabins. The automaker has also stated that the Elevate VX and the ZX account for more than 60 per cent of orders, while a total of 65 per cent of the bookings are for the CVT variants.
Honda Elevate SUV: Powertrain
Underneath the bonnet, the mid-size SUV receives a single powertrain option – a 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol unit that also powers the City sedan. This engine is capable of churning out 120bhp and 145Nm of peak torque. On offer are two transmission options: a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT. The Honda Elevate is not offered with a diesel powertrain, however, a 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid motor from the City is on the cards and could be offered at a later date.
Honda Elevate SUV: Exterior
The exterior design is in line with Honda's current global design language, which includes a large grille with the Honda logo, slender and sharp headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED Turn indicators, diamond-cut R17 alloy wheels, and LED taillamps. A range of seven mono-tone colour options is available – Obsidian Blue Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Meteoroid Grey Metallic, and Phoenix Orange Pearl. On offer are also three dual-tone colours – Phoenix Orange Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic, all with a Crystal Black Pearl roof.
Honda Elevate SUV: Interior, Features
The SUV's spacious cabin includes a 10.25-inch LCD touch-screen, a wireless phone charger, a 7.0-inch full-colour TFT instrument panel, and Honda Connect. Other bits include rich brown leatherette upholstery, soft-touch door, dashboard trimmings, etc.
The car prioritises the safety of passengers with an ADAS suite, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, multi-angle rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX-compatible rear side seats with lower anchorages & top tether. Note that these features shall vary depending on the trim.
Honda Elevate SUV: Price, Market Rivals
The price of the new Elevate ranges between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 16 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. In terms of market rivalry, the new model takes on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, the Volkswagen Taigun, and the 2023 Tata Nexon.