Honda Elevate SUV: Launch date, price design, features, rivals and more
Honda recently announced the name of its forthcoming SUV, called the Elevate, which will enter a highly competitive car market in India. It is noteworthy that the global premiere of the Elevate is scheduled for June 2023.
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Based on the teaser and leaked images, the new Honda Elevate SUV is anticipated to showcase a commanding presence with its upright front fascia, subtle body cladding, muscular wheel arches, and distinct angular lines. It is expected to feature a sizable grille, sleek LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs), roof rails, door-mounted outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs), and LED taillights.
Inside the cabin of the all-new Elevate SUV, Honda is likely to offer a dual-tone theme. The interior may include a spacious touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, USB Type-C fast charging ports, a wireless charging pad, a multifunctional steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. It is also possible that Honda will provide leatherette or leather upholstery for added luxury.
In terms of features, the upcoming Honda Elevate SUV is expected to offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic or electric sunroof, a 360-degree camera, six airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), hill hold control, hill descent control, four-wheel disc brakes, connected car technology, smartwatch connectivity, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, multiple driving modes, and cruise control.
Engine and Transmission
The forthcoming Honda Elevate SUV is expected to offer two engine options. The first one is a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that can produce 121PS of power and 145Nm of torque. The second option is a 1.5-liter strong-hybrid powertrain, generating 126PS of power and 253Nm of torque. The non-hybrid variant is likely to come with a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the hybrid variant is expected to be paired with an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). If these engine options are available, the Elevate SUV could deliver claimed fuel efficiency figures similar to the City model, which is around 17.8kmpl for the manual transmission and 18.4kmpl for the automatic transmission. The City e:HEV hybrid variant offers a claimed mileage of approximately 26.5kmpl.
Rivals and Prices
Upon its launch, the Honda Elevate SUV will face competition from several other vehicles in its segment, including the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, and MG Astor. The pricing of the Elevate SUV is expected to start around Rs 10-11 lakh and could go up to Rs 17-18 lakh.