Japanese carmaker Honda (Honda) has recently discontinued the diesel versions of WR-V, Jazz hatchback and Amaze and City sedans from the Indian market. The company is selling only the Amaze petrol and City sedan with petrol and strong hybrid powertrains. To boost sales, Honda will launch a new mid-size SUV in the country during the festive season ahead of Diwali. His global debut is going to happen in June 2023.
Will this be the name?
According to the report, it will be named the new Honda Elevate, as Honda has already registered this name in the Indian market. The new SUV has been spied testing several times on Indian roads. Spy pictures reveal that the styling of the new Honda SUV will be inspired by the CR-V (CR-V) and HR-V (HR-V). These cars are sold in select international markets. The new SUV will be positioned between the WR-V and the HR-V in the brand’s global SUV line-up.
The new Honda SUV will be designed and developed on the fifth generation City platform. This suggests that the SUV will be compatible with petrol as well as hybrid powertrains. It will get the same 1.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which is used in the City sedan. This engine generates power of 121bhp and torque of 145Nm. Both manual and CVT automatic gearbox options will be available with this engine.
Strong Hybrid Technology
Like the City Hybrid, the new Honda SUV will also get a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with strong hybrid technology, named e:HEV (e:HEV). This powertrain option will come with two electric motors. In the hybrid set-up, the petrol engine generates 98bhp power and with electric assistance it generates 109bhp power. Its combined torque output is 253Nm.
Turbocharged petrol engine too?
If reports are to be believed, the SUV could also get the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the City RS in Thailand. This engine generates 120bhp at 5500rpm and 173Nm of peak torque at 2000-4500rpm. This powertrain will be mated to a 7-speed Continuously Variable Transmission or CVT.