Here are five things to know about Honda’s upcoming Creta rival.
The Honda Elevate is set to be unveiled worldwide tomorrow, finally marking the Japanese automaker’s entry into the mid-size SUV segment. Crucial is the return of the much-anticipated SUV to Honda India’s portfolio since the CR-V was discontinued in 2020. And while the Amaze and City sedans are fairly consistent, there’s no denying he needs an SUV in the automaker’s portfolio given the demand for body styles.
The Elevate becomes the ninth model in the segment and Citroën recently joined the C3 Aircross. Yes, Honda was late to the party, but it did a decent job fending off its competitors as well.
But there are also many expectations. Since Elevate is based in a city, it makes a good base in its own right. Additionally, spy photos suggest the design will be in line with Honda’s global SUV portfolio, including the CR-V and HR-V, with ADAS features and possibly even a hybrid powertrain someday. are doing. Ahead of the global reveal, here are his 5 things to know about Honda’s new Creta rival.
1. Honda Elevate’s styling is in line with brand’s global SUVs
The Elevate will share styling cues with the sixth-generation CR-V and the new-generation WR-V announced at the end of last year. The spy shot features a flat nose with a large Honda logo in the center and LED headlights with a sharp design reminiscent of the new HR-V. The rear is equipped with tail lights similar to the new WR-V. Other important design highlights are the square wheel arches, the unique twist of the rear window and the multi-spoke alloy wheels. In terms of dimensions, the elevator is expected to be 4.2-4.3 meters long, which matches the segment.
2. Honda Elevate’s equipment list will be shared with City
Inside, however, further similarities to the city are to be expected. On the other hand, most of the equipment list will be carried over, and this includes ADAS functionality. In fact, we recently told you that all future Honda vehicles launched in India will have ADAS features. Honda also confirmed a single-pane sunroof for the Elevate in the teaser, which isn’t quite in line with the segment where most competitors offer panoramic sunroofs. Other features could include City’s 8.0-inch touchscreen and semi-digital instrument cluster, wireless phone connectivity, wireless charging, and more.
3. Honda Elevate shares platform and powertrain with City
The Elevate is based on the fifth-generation City platform and also shares the petrol powertrain with the sedan. So the Elevate will be powered by a 121 hp 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. City’s 1.5-litre petrol hybrid engine will also be added at a later date, but there will be no diesel.
4. Honda Elevate has its work cut out
Elevate is now entering one of the most competitive market segments that Hyundai Creta has long dominated. These days, the duo of Grand Vitara and Hyryder is also hugely popular, and the C3 Aircross will soon bring the versatility of its three-row seating arrangement to the segment. Even the Kia Seltos will soon get a mid-life facelift with even more equipment and a new turbo petrol powertrain. With top-of-the-line features and plenty of competitive engine options, the Elevate will compete with high-performance SUVs.
5. Expected price and release of Honda Elevate
Following this announcement, Elevate pricing will be announced in August of this year. Given that Honda’s prices are usually slightly higher than its rivals, expect prices to start at around INR 11-12 Lakh (showroom prices). However, since only one petrol engine is offered, the top-end petrol automatic model could cost around Rs 17 lakh (excluding showrooms).
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