The Honda Elevate is set to launch on September 4, with a focus on determining its value for money (VFM) in the lineup. This mid-size SUV takes inspiration from the well-known City sedan as Honda seeks to boost its sales in the competitive mid-size SUV market, which is currently dominated by major automakers. Notably, the Elevate will face tough competition from rivals such as the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, while the segment also includes contenders like the MG Astor, VW Taigun, and Skoda Kushaq. For now, let’s take a look at this VX variant, which is the second-highest trim level.
Honda Elevate VFM Model
This video is courtesy of The Car Show on YouTube, providing a comprehensive walkaround of the Honda Elevate’s exterior and interior. The exterior features LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs serving as turn indicators, LED fog lamps, a prominent black grille section, a robust skid plate, a sturdy bumper, and a thick chrome accent connecting the headlamps. On the sides, you’ll notice a chrome belt running beneath the window frames, stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, rugged wheel arches, body-colored door handles, roof rails, and black side body cladding. Moving to the rear, there are LED taillamps connected by a glass panel, a shark fin antenna, rear wiper, defogger, washer, sporty bumper, and a skid plate.
Interior and Features
The interior of the Honda Elevate boasts a stylish Beige and Black color scheme. Key highlights include a prominent 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a partially digital instrument cluster, a premium 6-speaker audio system, convenient automatic climate control, a wireless smartphone charging pad, seamless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sleek black inlays on the dashboard, a front armrest with ample storage space, plush fabric adorning the door panels, multifunction steering wheel with audio controls, adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column, height-adjustable driver’s seat, a panoramic electric sunroof, rear AC vents for passenger comfort, two adjustable rear headrests, a comprehensive 360-degree camera system, manual interior rearview mirror, energy-efficient LED cabin lighting, dual airbags for safety, a capacious 458-liter boot capacity, and an array of other features. This makes the Elevate a feature-rich SUV.
The Honda Elevate will be equipped with a single engine option – the 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, which is also found in the City sedan. This engine offers a familiar power output of 121 horsepower and 145 Newton-meters of torque. Buyers will have the option to choose between a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic gearbox. Interestingly, there won’t be a strong hybrid engine choice this time. The manual transmission variant boasts a claimed fuel efficiency of 15.31 km/l, while the automatic version performs even better at 16.92 km/l. Anticipated pricing is expected to range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom.