In today’s rapidly evolving Indian car market, safety has emerged as a paramount concern for consumers. With organizations like Global NCAP and the government emphasizing stricter safety standards, automobile manufacturers are taking significant strides to enhance the safety features of their vehicles. Honda, a brand synonymous with reliability and quality, has recently showcased its commitment to safety with the all-new Honda Elevate. In a noteworthy development, the Honda Elevate has successfully passed internal crash tests, meeting global safety standards. This achievement has generated significant interest and anticipation among prospective buyers, with waiting periods for the SUV already stretching beyond four months even before its official launch in India.
At a media drive event, Kunal Behl, Operating Head of Marketing & Strategy at Honda Cars India Ltd., revealed that the Honda Elevate had undergone internal crash tests, and the results were impressive. The marketing head stated that the Elevate underwent a series of rigorous crash tests, including front (offset) crash tests at 64 kmph, side moving barrier tests at 50 kmph, flat barrier tests at 50 kmph, side pole impact tests at 32 kmph, and rear moving barrier tests at 50 kmph. Additionally, it also aced the front (offset) test at 64 kmph with a child dummy.
Furthermore, the internal crash tests also covered pedestrian protection, with Elevate officially achieving AIS100 Pedestrian Protection Test. The vehicle’s design ensures effective handling of light crash events, with minimal deformations and the continued normal functioning of internal parts, eliminating the possibility of getting stranded.
Honda has equipped the Elevate with an ACE body (Advanced Compatibility Engineering), utilizing high tensile steel to enhance occupant safety during crashes. The ACE body disperses front collision impact over a wider area, reducing the shock experienced by occupants. Additionally, it improves energy absorption and slip-off prevention, ensuring a safer experience for passengers in the event of a collision.
Beyond the ACE body, Honda Elevate comes equipped with a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features through the Honda Sensing platform. These include road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, lane-keeping assist, auto high beam, adaptive cruise control, and lead car departure notification. The SUV also boasts six airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, agile handling assist, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and camera, and emergency stop signal.
Boasting a fresh design both inside and out, the Honda Elevate exudes modernity and style. Its exterior features all-LED headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps, complemented by 17-inch machined alloy wheels, robust faux skid plates, and roof rails. Inside the cabin, the Elevate offers a sunroof, wireless charger, a 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument console, automatic climate control, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The Honda Elevate shares its platform and powertrain options with the City sedan, offering a 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. Customers can choose between a 6-speed manual and a CVT gearbox option. The engine delivers a robust 121 PS of maximum power and 145 Nm of peak torque. With claimed fuel efficiency figures of 15.31 kmpl for the manual variant and 16.92 kmpl for the CVT variant, the Elevate promises both performance and efficiency.