Honda Elevate: 5 Key things to know ahead of its global unveiling tomorrow
Delhi : Honda Elevate, the Japanese automaker's latest compact SUV, will go on sale in India first. It's also the first time in a long time that we've seen a completely new Honda constructed from the ground up. The Elevate is the carmaker's attempt to establish itself in the SUV sector.
So, if you're interested in the Honda Elevate, here are five things you should know before its global debut:
Based on spy pictures and teasers, the Honda Elevate sports an upright shape with plenty of rough design details like flared wheel arches. It boasts a massive front grille that should command attention, flanked by a pair of LED headlights. An earlier teaser hinted at the presence of linked tail lights at the back.
The interior of the Honda Elevate remains a mystery since the Japanese automaker has yet to provide a look. However, for a more premium feel, the dash top will be coated with soft touch plastics. It may also share some components with the City, such as the steering wheel and semi-digital instrument cluster.
Features On Board
The small SUV sector is one where features are quite important. As a result, we expect the Elevate to be crammed with goodies like automatic temperature control, a wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats, Honda's lane watch camera on the left ORVM, and keyless entry with push-button start. The Elevate will get a sunroof, but it won't be the panoramic unit that most competitors provide.
Multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with hill start assist, rear parking sensors, and the City's ADAS safety suite are all standard.
The Honda Elevate is believed to be equipped with the City's 121PS 1.5-litre petrol and 126PS 1.5-litre strong-hybrid engines. The petrol engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while both powertrains will be paired with a CVT. However, the powerful hybrid engine is unlikely to hit the market straight now and is expected to arrive later. Unfortunately, the Honda Elevate will lack a diesel engine option, which is still very popular in this class.
Expected Price And Rivals
The Honda Elevate is estimated to have an ex-showroom pricing of roughly Rs 11 lakh. It will compete with established models like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, and the future Citroen C3 Aircross.