Honda Elevate SUV Impresses with Striking Design Elements and Advanced Features
New Delhi : Honda has introduced its new SUV called the Elevate, signaling its return to the SUV market. The global unveiling of the Elevate took place in New Delhi. While this marks Honda’s re-entry into the SUV segment, the company has previously offered SUVs like the CR-V and BR-V in its lineup in India. Interested customers will be able to book the Elevate starting from July 2023, and the pricing details will be announced at a later date.
The design of the Elevate SUV bears a resemblance to the CR-V sold in international markets. In terms of dimensions, the Elevate measures 4,312mm in length, 1,790mm in width, 1,650mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,650mm. These specifications place it in a similar size range as the Creta SUV. The Elevate also offers a spacious boot with a capacity of 458 litres and boasts a segment-leading ground clearance of 220mm, surpassing the Creta’s 190mm.
Honda Elevate Unveiled: Eye-Catching Design and Feature Highlights
In terms of aesthetics, the Elevate showcases a large grille and a flat front end. The grille prominently displays the Honda logo in the center and is accompanied by sleek LED headlights. Positioned below the headlights are two fog lamps. A distinguishing design element is the connection between the headlights and the LED daytime running lamps, which is achieved through a thick chrome bar, reminiscent of the City sedan.
On the sides, the new Honda midsize SUV, the Elevate, displays slightly flared wheel arches that are adorned with robust plastic cladding, enhancing its rugged SUV appearance. The window line gradually slopes upwards towards the thick C-pillar. The vehicle is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, featuring a design reminiscent of the facelifted City model.
Moving to the rear, the Elevate showcases a subtly inclined rear window and tail-lights that are connected by a red bar. The wraparound tail-lights bear resemblance to those found on the latest-generation WR-V available in markets like Indonesia. Additionally, there is an indentation on the tailgate specifically designed to house the number plate.
The Elevate SUV is equipped with a prominent 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that stands independently in the center console. In terms of features, the Elevate offers a single-pane sunroof, distinguishing it from three of its eight competitors that also provide the same feature. The remaining competitors in this segment, however, offer a panoramic sunroof. It’s worth noting that even the upcoming Kia Seltos facelift, previously equipped with a single-pane sunroof, is expected to incorporate this premium feature.
Honda Launches the Elevate SUV, Marking its Global Debut
Additionally, the Elevate boasts a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, a lane-watch camera for enhanced visibility, wireless charging for compatible devices, wireless smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a rear parking camera to assist with parking maneuvers.
The Elevate SUV will come equipped with Honda’s Sensing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). This comprehensive suite includes several advanced safety features such as a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road departure warning, and automatic high beam assist. Among the current midsize SUV offerings, only the MG Astor includes ADAS. However, the upcoming Seltos facelift is also expected to incorporate driver assistance technology. Honda’s inclusion of the Sensing ADAS suite in the Elevate demonstrates its commitment to enhancing safety and providing a competitive edge in this segment.
Honda Elevate SUV: Made in India, Ready to Conquer International Markets
The Honda Elevate SUV is based on the Global Small Car platform, which is shared with the Honda City sedan. It is powered by the same 1.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine found in the City, generating 121 horsepower and 145Nm of torque. The power is transmitted to the front wheels through a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
In addition, Honda has announced that the Elevate will receive an electric powertrain within the next three years. This suggests that the company is planning to introduce an electric variant of the SUV in the near future, aligning with the growing trend towards electric mobility.
The Honda Elevate SUV is entering the fiercely competitive midsize SUV segment, where it will face tough competition from rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, and the upcoming Citroen C3 Aircross.
Honda’s return to the SUV market is a strategic move considering its current lineup consists primarily of sedans. The success of the Elevate will be crucial for Honda’s revitalization in the market. However, its pricing will play a significant role, given the intense competition and the popularity of midsize SUVs among consumers. While Honda has not disclosed the pricing details yet, it is expected to make an announcement in the coming months.
India serves as the manufacturing hub for the Elevate SUV, and Honda has also confirmed plans to export the SUV to multiple international markets. This highlights the company’s confidence in the Elevate and its potential to appeal to a broader global audience.