In today’s rapidly evolving Indian car market, safety has become a top priority for consumers. With organizations like Global NCAP and the government pushing for stricter safety standards, automobile manufacturers are making significant efforts to enhance the safety features of their vehicles. Honda, known for its reliability and quality, has recently demonstrated its commitment to safety with the introduction of the all-new Honda Elevate. The vehicle has successfully passed internal crash tests, meeting global safety standards, which has generated substantial interest among prospective buyers. Even before its official launch in India, the waiting period for the Honda Elevate has stretched beyond four months.
At a media drive event, Kunal Behl, Operating Head of Marketing & Strategy at Honda Cars India Ltd., shared that the Honda Elevate had undergone 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. It also passed the front (offset) test at 64 kmph with a child dummy.
The internal crash tests also covered pedestrian protection, with the Honda Elevate achieving AIS100 Pedestrian Protection Test. The vehicle’s design ensures effective handling of light crash events, with minimal deformations and continued normal functioning of internal parts, reducing the possibility of being stranded.
Honda has equipped the Elevate with an ACE body (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) that utilizes 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, while also improving energy absorption and slip-off prevention, ensuring a safer experience for passengers in the event of a collision.
In addition to the ACE body, the Honda Elevate comes with 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 includes six airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, agile handling assist, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and camera, and emergency stop signal.
The Honda Elevate boasts a modern and stylish design both inside and out. Its exterior features all-LED headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps, along with 17-inch machined alloy wheels, 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.
Under the hood, 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, promising both performance and efficiency with claimed fuel efficiency figures of 15.31 kmpl for the manual variant and 16.92 kmpl for the CVT variant.
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