After being absent from the highly popular SUV market for a number of years, the Japanese automotive giant Honda Motor Cars Indian subsidiary Honda Cars India will soon be launching its newest SUV in the coming few months. According to Autocar India, this forthcoming SUV will be called the Honda Elevate and will be competing in the mid-size SUV segment against the segment champions like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos along with a ton of others. Autocar India also revealed that the Honda Elevate will be unveiled by Honda on June 6 and the launch will be followed soon.
As per the reports, this new mid-size SUV will be based on the fifth-generation Honda City’s platform and will be around 4.3m in length. Most likely this SUV in terms of the exterior design will take its inspiration from the top-of-the-line SUV CR-V sold in the international market. It has also been reported that the upcoming Honda SUV could also look like the newest generation of the WR-V sold in the Indonesian market.
It is believed that the SUV will boast an imposing stance and will look extremely muscular. The SUV will also get a boxy look and will have the proper SUV proportions. The Honda SUV could feature a long bonnet, short front overhangs, huge wheel arches, and claddings on the side. Additionally, it could also get a sizeable grille at the front along with LED headlights and LED DRLs. A few months ago a test mule of this forthcoming SUV was also spotted testing on the country roads.
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As for the interior, there is not a whole lot of information to go about but we can expect it have the signature Honda quality and materials along with the latest technological features. We can also expect the car to come equipped the features like touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control system, cruise control and other safety features.
Meanwhile in terms of the powertrain options, the mid-size SUV from the Japanese carmaker is expected to be initially launched with a 1.5 naturally aspirated four cylinder petrol motor borrowed from the Honda City fifth generation. Currently this engine in the City produces a maximum power of 120 bhp and 145 Nm of torque. Although it is also believed that the company could provide the SUV tune for increased power output.
According to reports, the car following the launch could also receive a hybrid powertrain borrowed from the City e:HEV. Furthermore, it could also get a more turbo-petrol engine as well. Sadly there will be no diesel motor on offer for this SUV as Honda Cars India has stopped the production of its diesel engine in India.
As for the launch dates of this SUV, Honda has currently not announced any specific date, however reportedly this new SUV will go on sale in India in the mid 2023 around June and July. Another important information is that some Honda dealers across the country have also started taking deposits for this SUV as well.
In terms of pricing it is expected that Honda could be launching this model in the Rs 12-19 lakh range. And its competition upon launch will be against the mid-size SUV segment champion Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and a few others.
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