Honda India has commenced bookings for the highly anticipated Elevate SUV, marking an important launch for the brand in the Indian market. Customers can reserve the SUV by paying a booking amount of Rs 21,000, and sales are scheduled to begin in September 2023, with deliveries starting around the same time. The Elevate will be showcased at showrooms by the end of July, followed by test drives expected to commence in early August.

Honda Elevate

India will serve as the production hub for the Elevate SUV, similar to the City sedan, with plans for export to other markets. In terms of specifications, the Elevate will be equipped with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 121hp and 145Nm of torque. It will come with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-step CVT automatic. Notably, there will be no diesel variant available, but Honda is working on an all-electric version for the future.

The Elevate SUV is expected to offer four variants and a choice of seven solid exterior paint options, including three dual-tone colors. In terms of features and equipment, the Elevate will boast a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, and Honda Sensing, the brand’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) suite, which includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda Elevate Infotainment

While the Elevate will feature a sunroof, it will be a single-pane unit rather than a panoramic sunroof found in many rival models, excluding the VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq.

Honda Elevate Dashboard

According to sources, the pricing for the Elevate is expected to be approximately Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh higher than the equivalent City variant. The SUV is anticipated to start around Rs 11 lakh (ex-showroom), with the top model priced around Rs 19 lakh. It will face strong competition from rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos (facelift) with their more feature-rich offerings and diesel engine options, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder with their petrol-hybrid powertrains, and the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun SUVs.

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