What to expect from Honda's new mid-size SUV launch

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What to expect from Honda's new mid-size SUV launch (Image: hondacarindia.com)
What to expect from Honda's new mid-size SUV launch (Image: hondacarindia.com)

Delhi : Honda, a Japanese automaker, has pulled several products from our market, including the WR-V, Jazz hatchback, and diesel versions of the Amaze and City sedans. The firm only offers the Amaze gasoline-powered car and the City sedan with gasoline-powered and potent hybrid drivetrains. Honda will introduce a new mid-sized SUV in the nation before Diwali during the holiday season in an effort to boost sales. In June 2023, it is slated to make its debut internationally.

The brand name "new Honda Elevate" has apparently been chosen for it because it has already been registered in our market. The brand-new SUV has often been seen road testing in India. 

It is clear that the CR-V and the HR-V, which are sold in a few overseas regions, served as design inspiration for the new Honda SUV's overall appearance. The new SUV will be positioned in the brand's lineup of SUVs between the WR-V and the HR-V.

The fifth generation City platform will be used to design and build the new Honda SUV. This indicates that the SUV will work with both petrol and hybrid powertrains. It will share the City sedan's tried-and-true 1.5-liter 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. This engine has a torque output of 145Nm and 121bhp. There will be manual and CVT automatic transmission choices available.

The next Honda SUV will also receive a 1.5-liter Atkison cycle engine with a powerful hybrid technology, known as the e:HEV, similar to the City hybrid. Two electric motors will be included with this powertrain option. In a hybrid configuration, the petrol engine generates 98 horsepower and 109 horsepower when assisted by electricity. It produces 253Nm of combined torque.

The 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the City RS in Thailand may also be added to the SUV, if reports are to be believed. This engine can generate a maximum torque of 173Nm at 2000-4500 rpm and 120 horsepower at 5500 rpm. A seven-speed continuously variable gearbox, or CVT, will be mated to this powerplant.

Along with ADAS technology, the new SUV will have features like auto high-beam, lane keeping assistance, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. A 360-degree camera, Honda's Lane Watch blind spot detection system, six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, VSM, hill launch aid, and an electronic parking brake are also included in the SUV's features list. The interior will see the biggest alteration, with a brand-new, larger touchscreen infotainment system and a digital driver display.