The 2018 Honda Element is one amongst several other models that is in plans for a generational refreshment. The Honda first introduced this model in 2002 in the U.S and Canadian markets and had gone through several facelifts over the years. Although the company hasn’t disclosed any information about this model, experts have predicted that the 2018 Honda Element will excel as an activity-oriented vehicle to compete against the likes of Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.
2018 Honda Element – Platform and Design
According to speculations, the new Honda Element’s exterior body will be much of a carryover of its predecessor. This suggests that Honda will retain the squarish body profile. However, subtle changes in exterior styling are in the cards for bringing out a generational change. Some experts have predicted that the D-pillar of this new model might be extended a bit. Doing such would also require the makers to modify the chassis. The car enthusiasts also suggest that the front will sport significant changes as a new grille will replace the old new one. Similarly, the headlights and front bumper are also due for some revisions. One of the biggest surprises could be the options of new exterior colors.
Like the last model, the 2018 Honda Element is getting a comfortable and functional interior cabin. Some of the biggest changes in this interior cabin would include a new adaptive steering wheel, revised instrument cluster and new upholstery.
The seats might offer more legroom this time with a new ergonomic arrangement. Other than this, the technology features including the infotainment system are to be revised and improved.
As Honda Element is designed to be activity-oriented, it features several safety technologies. The 2018 Honda Element is speculated to incorporate Traction Control, Driver i-SRS Airbags, Stability Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Park Assist (front and rear) along with others.
Engine Details and Performance
A 2.4 liter 4 cylinder V-TEC engine is making its ways into the hood of the 2018 Honda Element. It is predicted that this power mill might be tuned to produce outputs of more than 150 HP of power and 161 lb-ft of torque. Some reports confirm that both automatic and manual transmission system will be available. Similarly, the buyers should get the option for both all-wheel drive and front wheel drive. Several reports also hold that Honda is improving this engine’s efficiency by improving fuel injection and integrating variable valve timing.
The result could be mileage figures counting at 20 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on highways and 23 mpg on a combined basis. But that being said, these figures are likely to vary with transmission and drive configuration. As to its acceleration, expect this model to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds.
Price and Estimate Date of Release
No official word is available from Honda in this area. Expect the price of 2018 Honda Element to start from $18,000 and might reach up to $25,000 for higher trims. Likewise, the release date of this vehicle might be scheduled in the last quarters of 2017.