The new mid-size SUV marks Honda’s re-entry to the SUV segment in India
- Based on City platform
- 1.5L Petrol only
- ADAS, Single-pane sunroof part of equipment
Honda has taken the wraps off its mid-size SUV, christened the Elevate. It marks Honda’s re-entry for the SUV bodystyle after the CR-V was discontinued in 2021. The Elevate is based on the City platform and is scheduled to go on sale July onwards with the final launch expected later this year.
Honda Elevate SUV Dimension & Design
The Elevate incorporates Honda’s global design language with thick headlamps and a large, rectangular grille dominating the front end. The all-LED headlamp clusters with DRLs on top offer an aggressive stance paired to the gloss black rectangular grille which is almost vertical. Towards the side we can see cladding over the wheel arches, 17 inch diamond cut alloys and a prominent kink in the D Pillar which is almost Volvo-esque while offering a nice floating-roof effect. Towards the rear, Honda has kept things relatively simple with modest cladding on the bumper and a faux lighting strip connecting the taillights.
In terms of dimensions, the Elevate measures 4312mm in length with a 2650mm wheelbase putting it slightly larger than the Hyundai Creta. Width and Height is also the higher at 1790mm and 1650mm respectively. Another notable fact is the 220mm ground clearance which is the best-in-class according to Honda. Boot space is claimed to be 485L.
Honda Elevate SUV Interior & Features
On the inside, the Elevate gets a new dashboard design with a freestanding 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system. Below it are rectangular aircon vents with a sleek array of buttons below it. Honda designers have also used a long strip of faux wood trim that runs from the centre vents all the way to the doors. Some bits though, like the steering wheel and switchgear can be found in the 5th gen City as well.
Talking of features, it gets wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity, wireless smartphone charger, Honda Sensing ADAS L1 features, lanewatch camera, a regular sized sunroof and a 7 inch colour TFT display in the instrument cluster etc.
Honda Elevate SUV Powertrain
Under the hood, the Elevate features a 1.5L DOHC four-cylinder i-VTEC engine shared with the City. This unit produces 121HP and 145NM. It can be paired with either a 6 speed MT or a CVT automatic transmission driving the front wheels. This will also be the sole engine available for the Elevate for a long time since Honda has confirmed it won’t get a Hybrid or a Diesel fuel option. However, a fully-electric version could be in the works for a launch few years later.
Honda Elevate SUV Launch & Price
Honda has confirmed that bookings for the Elevate will open July onwards with a launch expected sometime later in the year. Prices have not been revealed yet, but we expect it to be priced between Rs. 13-20 Lakhs (Ex-showroom) when it launches.