Off-road friendly Honda Elevate unveiled in Japan – Car News

Changes made in the Japan-spec Honda Elevate (WR-V) are purely cosmetic and no functional changes have been made.

Today’s SUVs are a perfect example of misnomer since ideally an SUV is capable of doing all kinds of rough road stuff. However, this isn’t the case with most SUVs since they lack the most functionality of a 4×4 drivetrain. Hence, they can be best described as high-riding hatchback or crossovers at best. 

Nevertheless, they are widely categorised as SUVs. Every now, OEMs bring out a special off-road edition of such models to remind buyers that these are afterall ‘SUVs’. The latest one is Honda Elevate. The Japanese auto giant has released an image of a special Field Explorer Concept of the WR-V.

Honda Elevate (WR-V) Field Explorer Concept

For the uninitiated, Honda launched the rebranded Elevate as WR-V in its home market a few weeks back. This Field Explorer Concept will make its maiden appearance at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in January 2024 and will make its official debut in Japan later on 22 March 2024.

Honda Elevate Field Explorer fascia

Based on the “Tough Style” exterior theme using genuine Honda accessories for the WR-V, special customization has been applied to further emphasise the toughness typical of an SUV. Some of the noticeable visible updates include an all-black treatment to the front grille headlined by auxiliary lights and revised ‘HONDA’ branding, blacked-out air dam, bash plate, and side skirts.

In addition, the side profile receives all-black claddings on door sills and squared wheel arches to amplify the SUV appeal of the vehicle. The SUV appearance is further accentuated by a rugged luggage rack on the roof. The alloy wheels are finished in gloss black giving it a premium touch. Therefore, all the updates in Field Explorer Concept are cosmetic and no functional improvements have been added.

Honda Elevate
Japan-spec Honda Elevate a.k.a WR-V

Honda Elevate (WR-V) powertrain specs

The Japan-spec WR-V and India-spec are identical as far as engine specs are concerned. It gets the same 1.5-litre i-Vtec naturally aspirated petrol engine that puts out 119 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque. This motor is paired with the same transmission options— a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic.