The all-new Honda Elevate has made its global debut in India marking the Japanese automaker’s re-entry into the country’s compact utility vehicle market. Keep in mind that the CR-V and BR-V were offered previously in the Indian market but were discontinued due to slow sales.
According to Honda, the ‘Elevate’ represents empowerment, liberation, exploration, versatility, aspiration, transformation, and evolution. It measures 4,312 mm long, 1,790 mm wide, and 1,650 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm. These dimensions are similar to the HR-V we have here, however, the wheelbase of Elevate is 40 mm longer, which will result in a better interior space for the occupants.
On the outside, the Honda Elevate has a noticeable chrome bar along with relatively modest headlamps that are bordered by a massive front grille. Fog lamps are located at the bumper’s corners, and a fake skid plate is located next to the lower intake. Moving to the back, we notice lower apron trim in silver and black, as well as L-shaped taillights that resemble those on the WR-V.
Honda Elevate debuts in India
Inside, the dashboard gets a large 10.25-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display. Elsewhere, the dual-tone interior features several storage spaces including the center console getting two cupholders and a small cubby that sandwiches the gear lever, with more space found under the armrest.
Equipment on the menu includes Honda Connect telematics with smartwatch support, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, a reverse camera, LaneWatch, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, and the Honda Sensing suite, which consists of Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Auto High Beam, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Car Departure Notification.
2023 Honda Elevate
Under the hood, the Honda Elevate gets powered by a 1.5L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine good for 119 hp and 145 Nm. The DOHC engine which is also found in the new City, meets India’s Bharat Stage 6 emission regulations and is paired with either a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission sending drive to the front wheels. A hybrid powertrain will also be offered later that uses the same system found in the City Hybrid. This features a 1.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, two electric motors, and an e-CVT gearbox to provide a total system output of 124 hp and 253 Nm.
The Elevate will compete in India’s highly competitive B-segment SUV market, which includes the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder. Official prices are yet to be disclosed but will be revealed closer to the formal launch.
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