Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift could lure some Creta customers towards it with the refreshed appearance
Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch some interesting cars in the country in near future and first on the line is the refreshed S-Cross facelift that is expected to hit the showrooms during festive season. The facelift version of the crossover has become pretty aggressive in terms of exterior design. Also, it comes more upmarket inside the cabin thanks to the updated look and the features.
The current Maruti Suzuki S-Cross couldn’t fetch desired sales result in the domestic market. But, with the upcoming facelifted model, the automaker is expecting to see increased sales number. However, it won’t be an easy task for the S-Cross to grab an impressive sales as it will face pretty tough competition upon arrival. One of the rivals is going to be the Hyundai Creta compact SUV that comes as more upmarket car.
India’s second largest automaker Hyundai is the biggest competitor of Maruti Suzuki and it has achieved success with the Creta within very short span after its launch in the country in 2015. It is currently the second bestselling SUV overall in the market behind Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
Maruti Suzuki is likely to bring the refreshed S-Cross with 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine option only, instead of the 1.6-litre oil burner. Here, let us take a close look at the spec-sheet based comparison between the 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre and Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre models as they are stacked up pretty close:
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Exterior
Speaking about the upcoming 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, the car has become much more aggressive looking compared to the current model. It has received a completely revised front fascia incorporating a new chrome garnished front grille with vertical slats. The headlamps also don different appearance and they sport projector lamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. An updated front bumper with larger air intake and blackened cladding, black fog lamp housing and a skid plate is also there.
The hood gets a sculpted and muscular tone. Moving to the side profile, the crossover sports sporty new design alloy wheels, black cladding and side sill. Apart from that, the turn indicator integrated ORVMs, black glass area with chrome trims, a sleek character line and a sloping roofline are there. Overall, it looks like the side profile didn’t receive any major change.
Rear fascia of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross too appears similar to the current model. It features wraparound taillights, roof spoiler and a black bumper complemented by a skid plate. Being a facelift, the major changes have been applied to the front fascia only.
The Hyundai Creta has received positive response with its look. This bold looking compact SUV wears the South Korean auto major’s latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. It features a large hexagonal shaped front grille with horizontal slats and extensive chrome garnishing. The sharp headlamps get projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights. A chunky bumper is there with unique shaped fog lamps with black surrounding, black cladding, and skid plate.
Speaking about the side profile of the SUV, it gets sporty alloy wheels, thick black cladding, flared wheel arches, sharp character lines and chrome finished door handles. Apart from that, there are turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened A and B pillar delivering a floating roof design. The roof gets a sloping pattern and there are sleek roof rails.
At the rear profile, this compact SUV gets an integrated roof spoiler, wraparound sharp taillights, a chrome bar on top of the registration enclosure and a chunky bumper with skid plate. Overall, both the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift and the Hyundai Creta look practical and attractive in their own terms.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Dimension
Dimensionally, the new S-Cross is likely to remain same as the current model. The current Maruti Suzuki S-Cross measures 4,300 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width, 1,590 mm in height and it has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. However, with the addition of the new front bumper and front grille we may see a slight increase in length. Apart from that, it appears with 180 mm of ground clearance. The boot storage can hold 353-litre of luggage volume and it gets a 48-litre capacity fuel tank as well and it runs on 16-inch alloy wheels.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Turning Radius||Hyundai Creta Turning Radius|
|5.20 metre||5.20 metre|
The Hyundai Creta on the other hand measures 4,270 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width, 1,630 mm height and it has a wheelbase of 2,590 mm. It has a ground clearance of 190 mm and the compact SUV gets 400-litre of boot storage along with 60-litre capacity fuel tank. This SUV runs on 16-inch alloy wheels.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross||Hyundai Creta|
|Length – 4,300 mm||4,270 mm|
|Width – 1,765 mm||1,780 mm|
|Height – 1,590 mm||1,630 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,600 mm||2,590 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 180 mm||190 mm|
|Boot Space – 353-litre||400-litre|
|Fuel Tank Capacity – 48-litre||60-litre|
|Wheel Size – 16-inch||16-inch|
Therefore, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross appears 30 mm longer than Hyundai Creta. On the other hand, the Hyundai compact SUV is 15 mm wider, 40 mm taller than the S-Cross. Maruti S-Cross gets 10 mm of extra wheelbase compared to the Creta. In terms of ground clearance Creta gets 10 mm of extra space and it offers 47-litre of extra storage capacity at the back. Hyundai Creta gets a larger fuel tank with 12-litre extra capacity than S-Cross. Both the cars run on 16-inch wheels.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross offers better leg space to the occupants thanks it bigger length and wheelbase. On the other hand, Hyundai Creta beats S-Cross on several grounds like width, height, boot space and fuel tank capacity. It offers better headroom for the occupants and more space for luggage as well. The larger fuel tank ensures better range for the Hyundai vehicle.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Interior
Not only exterior, interior of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift has received updates as well. The basic design remains same as the current model. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with leather wrapping, analog dials and digital display consisting updated instrument cluster, a hexagonal centre console with a large touchscreen infotainment system will be there. The SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system is certainly an interesting feature that will enhance the crossover’s appeal further and expect it to get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with voice command.
The silver accent around the centre console, steering wheel and AC vents increase the style further. Expect an all-black theme to be there inside the cabin that will deliver a sporty vibe. Seat and upholstery materials are expected to come with improved quality materials and other features will include front armrest, rear seat armrest with cup holders, rear AC vents, rain sensing wiper, engine start and stop button.
Hyundai Creta on the other hand gets a pretty attractive cabin. It gets a multifunction steering wheel with several control buttons mounted on it. The instrument cluster features analog dials and a digital MID at the centre. The large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at the centre console is flanked by vertically slated large AC vents and a layered dashboard enhance its appeal further. The AC vents sport silver detailing around them.
Seat and upholstery materials used in the car are of pretty upmarket quality. It also offers a spacious feel to the occupants. The car gets engine start and stop button, front seat armrest, rear seat arm rest with cup holders. Overall, both the cars are designed to lure the buyers who seek a comfortable and upmarket feel inside the cabin. But, Hyundai Creta looks more attractive than the S-Cross.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Powertrain
As we have already said, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift is expected to come with only 1.3-litre DDiS Fiat-sourced diesel engine that works in the current model alongside the 1.6-litre unit. The 1.3-litre oil burner is expected to come kicking out same power and torque output as the current model. In that case, it will be able to churn out 89 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque from 1,750 rpm.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Engine||Hyundai Creta Engine|
|1.3-litre DDiS 200 Diesel||1.4-litre U2 VGT CRDi Diesel|
Transmission duty in this car will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox and this crossover is capable of delivering 23.65 kmpl of impressive fuel efficiency. We can expect the engine to deliver improved fuel efficiency in the upcoming facelifted version.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Transmission||Hyundai Creta Transmission|
|5-speed MT||6-speed MT|
Hyundai Creta is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine is a 1.4-litre unit and the diesel motors are a 1.4-litre CRDi unit and a 1.6-litre CRDi unit. The 1.4-litre U2 VGT CRDi fuel burner is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and it is capable of pumping out 89 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 224 Nm of peak torque from 1,500 rpm. This engine returns 21.38 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Maximum Power||Hyundai Creta Maximum Power|
|89 bhp @ 4,000 rpm||89 bhp @ 4,000 rpm|
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Torque||Hyundai Creta Maximum Torque|
|200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm||224 Nm @ 1,500 rpm|
Both the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Hyundai Creta generates same amount of power output, while the Hyundai Creta gets an edge over the S-Cross with 24 Nm of extra torque output. The Creta generates torque from much lower rpm compared to the S-Cross. Also, it gets a 6-speed manual gearbox in comparison with S-Cross’ 5-speed manual transmission. On the fuel efficiency front, the Maruti Suzuki crossover returns better mileage compared to the Creta.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Fuel Efficiency||Hyundai Creta Fuel Efficiency|
|23.65 kmpl||21.38 kmpl|
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Safety
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets several essential safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt warning, cruise control, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamp, auto dimming rear view mirror. Also there would be reverse parking camera with guidelines.
The Hyundai Creta too comes offering several safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Static Bending Lights (SBL), Brake Assist, engine immobilizer, seatbelt warning, reverse parking camera with guideline, anti pinch power window, seatbelt anchor etc. Also, this compact SUV uses a very strong body frame that is capable of absorbing high level of energy during impact.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Price
Pricing of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift is expected to be same as the current model. The 1.3-litre engine powered model is currently priced between Rs. 7.94 lakh and Rs. 10.56 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre diesel model is available between Rs. 9.79 lakh and Rs. 11.98 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre Price||Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre Price|
|Rs. 7.94 lakh – Rs. 10.56 lakh||Rs. 9.79 lakh – Rs. 11.98 lakh|
* All prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi.
2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.3-litre vs Hyundai Creta 1.4-litre – Comparison Verdict
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was launched as a premium product from the brand and it is sold through the company’s Nexa dealership. This facelift surely adds zing to the crossover and makes it more appealing compared to the current model. While the present S-Cross sells around 2,500 per month, the facelift model will see an increase in sales.
The domestic customers are showing more interest towards premium cars with more features and value for money. Therefore, it won’t be an easy task for S-Cross to be successful. However, it can lure some customers from Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and even Maruti Suzuki’s own Vitara Brezza towards itself. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift doesn’t appear as attractive and upmarket as the Hyundai Creta. But, it has the ability to grab some attention and some extra sales figures as well.
Despite an updated design and refreshed interior, the S-Cross lacks the appeal. Hyundai Creta has range of advanced safety features compared to the S-Cross and there are several upmarket features as well. Also, it is a well received compact SUV in the domestic market and offers more premiumness than S-Cross. Therefore, considering all the factors we can say Hyundai Creta gets an edge over the S-Cross. But it would lose some customers because of the S-Cross probably coming with a better price range.