Just as the Ciaz petrol, upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.5-litre SHVS petrol engine to produce 104.7 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque, launch expected in last week of July
Maruti Suzuki became the first mainstream manufacturer to introduce a BSVI equipped car in the domestic market a few weeks ago with the Alto800 while the newly launched 1.2-litre DualJet petrol and the regular 1.2-litre petrol also comply with the stringent emission standards in the Baleno.
With the Fiat-sourced 1.3L DDiS powertrain redundant when the BSVI norms kick in from April 2020, we have seen Maruti Suzuki launching two newly developed 1.5-litre engines in recent past besides the 1.2-litre DualJet SHVS unit. The facelifted Maruti Ciaz arrived in August 2018 witnessed the debut of the 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol motor with Smart Hybrid technology.
It is capable of producing 104.7 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The same engine without any change in performance made its way into the second generation Ertiga in November 2018 helping the 7-seater MPV to post good sales numbers since its market entry.
While the 1.5-litre DDiS 225 non-SHVS unit developing 95 PS and 225 Nm followed the same path by getting added to the Ciaz before the Ertiga in select variants, Maruti Suzuki’s confirmation over the phasing out of existing diesel engines casts doubt over its future.
This puts the spotlight on the Maruti S-Cross which is currently being offered only with a diesel engine just as the Vitara Brezza. Following the S-Cross facelift in late 2017, the popularity of the crossover has risen considerably but its availability in only four variants has been a certain downer and it could change with the addition of a new petrol engine.
As per our sources, it will go on sale in the last week of July 2019. The 1.5-litre engine will likely be the same as the Ciaz sedan and is expected to generate similar power and torque outputs. The S-Cross already sticks by the upcoming crash test regulations and it is sold with a range of standard safety features. Any changes to the equipment list are highly unlikely as well.