Honda Cars India, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese multinational automaker Honda, is set to launch its mid-size SUV, the Elevate, in the country. The model will make its official debut on June 6. Prior to this highly anticipated reveal, reports indicate that the company will offer the mid-size SUV with the popular Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Furthermore, Honda has announced that the Elevate, along with all forthcoming Honda cars in India, will now come equipped with Honda Sensing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
The Honda Sensing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is the brand’s suite of safety technologies designed to enhance driver awareness and mitigate potential hazards on the road. It incorporates various sensors and cameras to provide a comprehensive range of features aimed at improving driving safety. One of the key components of Honda Sensing is the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). This system utilizes cameras to detect the presence of vehicles or obstacles ahead. If a potential collision is detected, it can automatically apply the brakes or provide visual and audible warnings to alert the driver and prompt them to take action.
Additionally, the Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) is another important feature. It employs a camera to monitor lane markings. If the vehicle unintentionally drifts out of its lane, the system can provide steering assistance to help keep the vehicle centered. It can also apply corrective braking to prevent the vehicle from leaving the road. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) feature in Honda Sensing helps maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead. It uses cameras to detect the speed and distance of the preceding vehicle and adjusts the speed of the Honda vehicle accordingly.
Furthermore, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) helps prevent unintended lane departures. It utilizes the same camera as the RDM system to detect lane markings and provides gentle steering inputs to keep the vehicle centered within the lane. Other features of Honda Sensing include Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), which can detect and display important traffic signs such as speed limits, and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which alerts the driver if a potential collision with a vehicle or pedestrian ahead is detected.
Recently, another test mule of the Honda Elevate was spotted testing on the roads in Japan. Despite being heavily camouflaged, the spotted Honda Elevate in Japan bore similarities to the model seen during road tests in India. The windows were more concealed compared to the Indian test mules, but the sleek headlights, grille, and fog lamps shared the same positioning. Additionally, unlike the Indian test mules, the Japanese versions featured wraparound taillights that extended into the tailgate.
The Honda Elevate is expected to be equipped with the 1.5-liter petrol engine used in the Honda City mid-size car. This engine delivers 121 PS and 150 Nm of torque. Reports suggest that Honda may modify the power characteristics to better suit the SUV form factor. Depending on the variant, the SUV will likely offer the same gearbox choices as the Honda City, including a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT gearbox. Safety features of the SUV will include Honda’s LaneWatch technology, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and a rearview camera.