Honda Elevate is ready to roll out on roads. Japanese auto giant, has officially confirmed that the global unveiling of its highly anticipated compact SUV, the Honda Elevate, will take place early next month.
In a recent tweet, Honda announced, “Witness the #WorldPremiere of the most awaited SUV, the all-new Honda Elevate on June 06, 2023. Mark your calendar for the big unveil!” Along with the tweet, the company shared a tantalizing teaser image, creating a buzz among prospective customers.
The forthcoming Honda Elevate is expected to share its platform with the fifth-generation City, a popular sedan from the Honda lineup. The company tweeted “Something exciting is coming your way” .
With a length estimated to be around 4.2-4.3 meters, the Honda Elevate will draw design inspiration from Honda’s well-received CR-V and HR-V SUVs sold in international markets. Enthusiasts can anticipate a mid-size SUV that boasts an array of features, including level-2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). However, the latest teaser image revealed that the Elevate will feature a normal electric sunroof rather than a panoramic one.
The revelation about the sunroof caused some disappointment among fans who were hoping for a panoramic option. Many expressed their discontent in the comments section of the tweet, revealing their desire for a more panoramic experience in the upcoming SUV.
Regarding the powertrain, it is likely that Honda will equip the Elevate with the same 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine found in their new-generation City sedan. This engine delivers a maximum power output of 120 bhp in the City, and it is expected to provide similar performance in the Elevate.
Once launched later this year, the Honda Elevate will face fierce competition from popular contenders such as the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Kia Seltos. Notably, the Elevate marks Honda’s return to the Indian SUV market since discontinuing models like the CR-V and WR-V.
Honda Elevate to offer two powertrain options
To cater to different customer preferences, Honda is likely to offer two powertrain options for the Elevate SUV, mirroring the choices available for the City sedan. The first option will be a 121 bhp 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Additionally, there are indications that Honda will include a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle petrol strong hybrid unit, combined with two electric motors and an electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT).
The global debut of the new Honda Elevate SUV will take place in India on June 6, 2023. The market launch is anticipated to follow in August of the same year. Industry experts estimate that the price range for the Honda Elevate will fall between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom. With its entry into the crowded mid-size SUV segment, the Honda Elevate will directly compete against formidable rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
As the automotive world eagerly awaits the unveiling of the Honda Elevate, prospective customers and enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting new addition to the SUV market. With its promising features, stylish design, and competitive pricing, the Honda Elevate has the potential to make a significant impact in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment.