There is a wide range of options to choose from in the compact SUV segment. The list includes Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, Toyota Hyryder, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and MG Astor. Citroën will soon enter this space with the C3 Aircross SUV. And then one of the most anticipated car to be launched in 2023 is the Honda Elevate.
The Honda Elevate is scheduled to be launched on 6 June. Reservation is expected to start later. For those planning to buy a compact SUV, here’s why the Honda Elevate might be worth the wait.
Reasons why you should wait for Honda Elevate
Something new on the roads – the Honda Elevate promises a completely distinctive design. For those who like their ride to stand out, the Honda Elevate can be a suitable option. The SUV sets new benchmarks in sophistication and refinement, ensuring a strong presence on the road.
Hi-tech features including ADAS – As of now, only MG Astor in the group has ADAS option. The Honda Elevate will become the second compact SUV to offer ADAS. It likely borrows the camera-based ADAS platform used with the Honda City. The Honda Sensing package includes collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, automatic high beams and a warning system, leading car departure notification.
Premium Interiors – The Honda Elevate will feature premium interiors with features like large touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument console, wireless charging, ventilated seats, ambient lighting, premium cloth upholstery, automatic climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knobs.
Hybrid Powertrain – The Honda Elevate is based on the platform used with the fifth generation Honda City sedan. It will also borrow powertrain options. The fifth generation Honda City is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 121 PS and 145 Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a CVT unit. Powertrains for the Honda City e:HEV, the mild hybrid variant include a 98PS 1.5-litre petrol engine and an 80PS AC permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. It is mated to E-CVT transmission.
Honda Elevate – Areas of Improvement
The Honda Elevate will be offered with only gasoline and gasoline hybrid engine options. There will be no turbo petrol or diesel option at launch. It is also unlikely that the Elevate will get a diesel option in the future. In comparison, rival compact SUVs like Creta and Seltos have both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre diesel unit on the Creta and Seltos produces 116 bhp and 250 Nm. The Honda Elevate also loses the AWD.
Another desirable feature missing is a panoramic moonroof, which is available with the Creta. The Kia Seltos will also soon get an upgrade to a panoramic sunroof. The Honda Elevate only gets a single panel sunroof. However, it is possible that the Elevate will get a panoramic sunroof in the future, similar to the Seltos.