Honda has formally commenced production of the new Elevate mid-size SUV in India. The all-new Honda Elevate which made its global debut in June is currently open for bookings against Rs. 21,000, with deliveries set to begin in September this year. Final prices are yet to be disclosed though.
The production roll-out ceremony was held at the company’s cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan, making India the first country to produce this global SUV. Elevate, which boasts a more than 90% localization rate right from the start, confirms Honda’s commitment to domestic manufacturing.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Takuya Tsumura, President & CEO, of Honda Cars India said:
“Today is a significant milestone in our SUV endeavor as we commence production of our hugely anticipated Honda Elevate at our Tapukara facility in India. Ever since its global unveiling, the Elevate has received an overwhelming response from customers nationwide. We are extremely proud to be the first country to start the mass production of Elevate and are confident that it will quickly become an important pillar of our business, fostering stronger connections with customers and attracting new members to our Honda family. We are excited about the prospects that lie ahead and the impact this model will have on our brand.”
The new Honda Elevate is 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.
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.
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