After years of silence, Honda Cars India, the Indian subsidiary of Japanese auto giant Honda, is finally entering the highly competitive midsize SUV segment. The company plans to meet this challenge with an all-new Elevate that will make its official debut on June 6th. The test mule for this upcoming SUV has been spotted being tested multiple times in India just days before its launch, another test vehicle was spotted testing in Japan as well, and other important information about the upcoming SUV. Details have emerged.
Honda Elevate Spy Shots
Images of the latest test mule spotted in Japan show that the Elevate has a strikingly similar aesthetic to the recently launched Honda WR-V SUV in the Indonesian market. First, the Elevate has an upright stance similar to the WR-V. Up front, it has a muscular front end that might include Honda’s signature Jewel Chrome finish grille. The headlights will probably consist entirely of LED units, giving the vehicle a smoother and more aggressive look. A strong front bumper further emphasizes the upright position, with fog lights and possibly a silver skid plate.
Another profile photo of the Elevate test car has been shared, showing the SUV with pleasing proportions. These ratios were reportedly set taking into account the Indian market and buyer preferences. It’s worth noting that Honda doesn’t typically test Indian products in its home market of Japan. However, although the Elevate is probably the first model developed for India, it has also been tested in Japan for the global market. Back in the spy shots, you can also see alloy wheels on the side of the car similar to those found on Honda’s city sedan in India. These alloy wheels are finished in black, but there are reports that top-of-the-range models may also come in black or diamond cut. Lower spec versions may have a silver finish.
One of the sharpest spy shots of the rear of this upcoming SUV was also recently shared. A new spy shot of the rear suggests the taillights are likely carried over from the Indonesian WR-V. These tail lights feature a two-piece light with the top LED section extending to the side of the vehicle. Halogen bulbs may be used for backlights and blinkers. In this spy video, the existence of an advanced driver assistance system “ADAS” is also confirmed. A 360-degree camera setup is visible in one of the side mirrors.
Honda recently announced and confirmed that the Elevate will be equipped with Honda Sensing Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) along with all future Honda vehicles launched in India. For those who don’t know, Honda Sensing ADAS is the brand’s suite of safety technologies designed to increase driver awareness and reduce potential hazards on the road. It integrates various sensors and cameras to provide comprehensive functions that improve driving safety.
Honda Elevate Official Date Poster
The Honda Elevate will be equipped with a 1.5-litre gasoline engine that is also used in Honda’s medium-sized city sedan. The engine produces 150Nm of torque and 121 horsepower. However, it is reported that Honda may tailor performance characteristics to the SUV form factor. Depending on the variant, the SUV could have the same CVT or six-speed manual transmission options as the Honda City. Safety features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and the rear-view camera will be installed on the next SUV from June 6th.
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