With only two sedans available in India, HCIL urgently required SUVs to expand its lineup. In response to this need, Honda Elevate has ventured into the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment. This marks a critical moment for India, with the official launch scheduled for tomorrow, September 4th. Variant-specific pricing will likely be a key factor in determining Elevate’s success in the market.
Honda Elevate Base Model
Prior to its launch, the first images of the new Honda Elevate base variant have surfaced online, courtesy of The Car Show. The Elevate SV variant lacks wheel covers, fog lights, rear defogger, rear washer, and wiper. Instead of black pillars seen in higher variants, it features body-colored pillars.
Lower-tier competitors like the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger offer rear washer and wiper as standard equipment from the base model. However, Honda deserves credit for including LED headlights and LED tail lights as standard features from the base SV trim. Keyless entry and push-button start are also standard in the base SV trim.
Other standard features include a front center armrest, rear AC vents, all four power windows, automatic climate control, and audio controls on the steering wheel. Although there are steering-mounted controls, Honda does not include an infotainment system with SV variants. Electrically adjustable ORVMs are provided, but they are not power foldable, which is acceptable for a base variant.
The Elevate shares the same window switches and ORVM controls as other Honda products from the past, including the Brio. All doors have bottle holders, all seats have adjustable headrests, and there is a decent-sized glove box as well.
There is virtually nothing that Elevate does wrong, making it one of the most straightforward SUVs in its segment. Its boxy and squared-off aesthetics seem to work well. The base SV variant comes with 16″ steel wheels and the highest ground clearance at 220 mm. The 458L boot space is also among the best in its class.
Same Powertrain as City sedan
The Honda Elevate utilizes the same 1.5L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine found in the City. This powertrain generates 119 bhp of power and 145 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a CVT. Honda claims fuel efficiency figures of 15 km/l for the manual and 16 km/l for the CVT, which are competitive figures for the segment.
HCIL is set to launch the Elevate on September 4th and will unveil the retail prices for each variant. It competes with segment leaders like the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, as well as the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, and the upcoming Citroen C3 Aircross.