The competition in the midsize SUV segment will soon toughen, with the launch of Honda Elevate and Citroen C3 Aircross in the coming months
SUV enthusiasts in India have exciting times ahead, as two formidable contenders are gearing up for their grand debut in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment. Honda and Citroen are set to launch their respective offerings, the Honda Elevate and the Citroen C3 Aircross, both vying to rival the ever-popular Hyundai Creta and its cousin Kia Seltos.
These upcoming SUVs promise a blend of style, innovation, and performance to captivate the hearts of Indian consumers. Let’s delve into the details of each SUV and explore what they bring to the table.
1. Honda Elevate
The Honda Elevate has been generating buzz since its world debut on 6 June in India, and its launch is slated for September this year. The Elevate is a mid-size SUV that boasts a sleek and contemporary design, with a flat front end with sharp headlamps, a rectangular front grille, an integrated rear spoiler, and LED taillights that bear resemblance to the now-discontinued WR-V. Additionally, the Elevate flaunts multi-spoke alloy wheels in a blacked-out finish, giving it a touch of elegance.
The interior offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with features like ADAS, cruise control, and automatic climate control. The SUV gets the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as the City, rated at 119 bhp of peak power, available with a choice between a 6-speed MT and a CVT.
2. Citroen C3 Aircross
Derived from the popular C3 hatchback, the Citroen C3 Aircross is set to make a distinct impression in the SUV realm. Slated to launch in August, this three-row SUV brings unique design cues that set it apart from its hatchback sibling. Sporting a two-part front grille and split headlight setup, the C3 Aircross exudes a distinctive and captivating look. Flared wheel arches and side cladding add a touch of ruggedness, while the uplifted tailgate and chunky bumper enhance its overall appeal.
Inside, the Citroen SUV shares design similarities with the C3, featuring a dashboard layout and an impressive 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen. It has one interesting feature – the third-row seats can be removed to free up 511 litres of boot space! Under the hood, the Citroen C3 Aircross houses a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, paired to a 6-speed MT. An automatic transmission option is expected to be added later to the range.