Honda says Elevate has more than 90 percent local content; is being built at Tapukara alongside the City and the Amaze.
- Honda Elevate gets a single 1.5-liter petrol option
- Two gearbox choices on offer
- Honda Sensing ADAS bundle available on top variant
Honda Elevate: from India to the world
The Elevate is being built at Honda India’s Tapukara plant that also builds models like the City and the Amaze sedans. Honda says India is the first country where the Elevate is being manufactured, and it will be sold not just in the domestic market, but will also be exported overseas. The brand also said that the made-in-India Elevate SUV has more than 90 percent localized content. Bookings for the Elevate are already underway and deliveries would commence as soon as prices are announced, sometime in September this year.
Honda Elevate: powertrain and fuel efficiency
The Elevate gets a sole petrol engine option that’s shared with the City sedan. Its a 121hp, 145Nm, 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a the 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. The Elevate will not come with a petrol hybrid powertrain. There are talks of a full-EV iteration based on the Elevate which will join the line-up in future.
As for fuel economy, the Elevate 1.5 petrol-MT has a claimed economy of 15.31kpl, whereas with the CVT, it delivers 16.92kpl. It has a 612km range with a 40-litre tank for the manual and 679km on the automatic.
Honda Elevate: variants and features
The Elevate is on offer with four trims: SV, V, VX and ZX. As far as features go, the entry-level Elevate gets LED projector headlamps, automatic climate control, 16-inch steel wheels and dual front airbags. The top-spec Elevate ZX gets the 10.25-inch touchscreen, six airbags, Honda Sensing ADAS suite, eight speakers, leatherette brown upholstery, soft-touch dashboard and auto-dimming interior day/night mirror.
Honda Elevate expected pricing launch timeline
Dealer sources tell us that the Elevate will start at around Rs 12 lakh, with the top variant being priced around Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom). It will see stiff competition from the Hyundai Creta and the recently launched Kia Seltos facelift, which get more features and an option of a diesel engine, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Toyota Hyryder, which also get petrol-hybrid powertrain, and the Skoda Kushaq and the Volkswagen Taigun SUVs.