2023 Honda Elevate debuts in India – new B-segment SUV with 1.5L NA; 6MT or CVT; Honda Sensing suite

2023 Honda Elevate debuts in India – new B-segment SUV with 1.5L NA; 6MT or CVT; Honda Sensing suite

The Honda Elevate has made its global debut in India as the brand’s re-entry in the country’s SUV market – the CR-V and BR-V were offered previously but have since been dropped. Order books for the Elevate will be opened in July, with pricing set to be announced soon after – it is expected to start from 1.05 million rupees (RM58,518).

If you’re curious about the name, Honda says ‘Elevate’ represents empowerment, liberation, exploration, versatility, aspiration, transformation and evolution. The Elevate will duke it out in India’s highly competitive B-segment SUV market, which includes the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.

In terms of dimensions, the Elevate measures 4,312 mm long, 1,790 mm wide, 1,650 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,650 mm. That gives it a footprint similar to the Creta and HR-V we have here, although the Honda model beats both when it comes to wheelbase by 40 mm. Other key figures include a ground clearance of 220 mm and 458 litres of boot space.

As for the design, the muscular Elevate sports a large front grille that is flanked by relatively small headlamps that are accompanied by a prominent chrome bar. The CR-V-like face also features fog lamps at the corners of the bumper and a faux skid plate near the lower intake. Moving to the rear, we find L-shaped taillights that are reminiscent of what you’ll find on the WR-V, albeit with trim connecting the clusters, while the lower apron gets silver and black trim.

Inside, the SUV sports a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is set on top of the central air vents and climate controls, while beside it is a seven-inch instrument cluster display. Elsewhere, the centre console has quite a few storage spaces, including two cupholders and a small cubby that sandwiches the gear lever, with more space found under the armrest.

Available equipment include Honda Connect telematics with smartwatch support, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, a reverse camera, LaneWatch, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, and the Honda Sensing suite, which consists of Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Auto High Beam, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Car Departure Notification.

2023 Honda Elevate debuts in India – new B-segment SUV with 1.5L NA; 6MT or CVT; Honda Sensing suite
2023 Honda Elevate debuts in India – new B-segment SUV with 1.5L NA; 6MT or CVT; Honda Sensing suite

Under the bonnet, the Elevate is powered by a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine making 121 PS (119 hp or 89 kW) at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The gasohol-compliant DOHC i-VTEC mill, which is also found in the City, meets India’s Bharat Stage 6 emission regulations and is paired with either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission to drive the front wheels.

A hybrid powertrain will also be offered later that uses the same system found in the City Hybrid. This features a 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, two electric motors and an electronic continuous variable transmission (e-CVT) to provide a total system output of 126 PS (124 hp or 93 kW) and 253 Nm.


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Comments

  • LaneWatch again, lol.

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  • ThirdDunia on Jun 06, 2023 at 6:14 pm

    Better than the sempit HR-V.
    Looks like sibling Honda BR-V,

    Haiyaaa, launched from India, target Hyundai Creta and Tata Nexon

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  • in essence, this is the cheap version of HR-V isnt it? HR-V cannot compete in India due to high price. and they want a 5 seater car, not a 7 seater hence BR-V is a no go.

    BR-V proportion is too weird if it is converted to a 5 seater car. WR-V is too small to compete hence this Elevate is born.

    Well every market has got a unique requirement..

    chinese car not available there? I think Omoda 5, X50, Haval for sure can dapao all these cars specwise.

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  • Sammy on Jun 06, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Only start from RM58k?

    Bring it on, or Proton can rebadge like Accordana too?

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  • looks like Mitsubishi Xpander dashboard.

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  • berjaya on Jun 06, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    RM58k? cheaper than Proton Preve

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  • Torque on Jun 07, 2023 at 8:16 am

    This will sell very well in Malaysia.

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  • Hantu on Jun 07, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Wow this car is super cheap. I guess they have to reduce cost and price to cater to the indian market. Buying power there is still very low. Hope they bring this model here too. Our economy is not great too. We may end up like India soon if our government don’t start making independant policies from the US. We should start ramping up global relationship fast before all companies move to our neighboring region. When the dust settle, we will only have goreng pisang and nasi lemak stall everywhere as our national business.

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    • Mohan Nair on Jun 11, 2023 at 1:48 am

      Its not the buying power its the competition. India’s middle class well over 200 million which is a big market which all the automakers are vying for.

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      • Hantu on Jun 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

        India has big market but not many got money. So many people with a few dollar is not a good market for expensive products. I have seen many companies give up and moved out of India. All lost big money there. Take Ford for example. Its a graveyard for companies selling middle class or luxury goods

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  • Walamak on Jun 07, 2023 at 9:54 am

    First glance I tot is Ativa lol..

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  • meladam on Jun 07, 2023 at 9:58 am

    looks a bit more premium than coming up WRV even though with the handbrake on it

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  • talkcock on Jun 07, 2023 at 11:46 am

    when reach here will become 88k …premium 30k ….sad case for the average rakyat..have to take more loans and pay 9 years for a basic car…

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  • hybrid mania on Jun 07, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Should bring this to Malaysia. Better looking than ativa.

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  • car is cheap bcos they think life is cheap in India!

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    • FastLane on Jun 08, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      But buying power in india is very very low. This price is already considered premium luxury in India. To sell cheaply,they have to cut cost and reduce quality. So its not apple to apple. You get what you paid for

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  • Ground europe passenger on Jun 07, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    When sell in Malaysia is rm98k not rm58k.

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    • ji li on Jun 07, 2023 at 5:43 pm

      even our local car PROTON when bring in the X90 into malaysia, they increased the price! That same car X90 sold elsewhere is 40% cheaper. Proton should hurry up and close operations. we Malaysians are NOT PROUD of national car anymore.

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  • ROTI CANAI on Jun 08, 2023 at 10:05 am

    when the ativa is so good india copy malaysia

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  • stranger on Jun 08, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Honda Ativa

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  • looks good
    i would def buy this instead of city if it avail in msia

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