With the BS6 emission norms deadline fast approaching, Maruti Suzuki is readying a launch of the S-Cross with its 1.5-litre petrol engine which comes with a mild-hybrid system
Until now, Maruti Suzuki has offered the S-Cross with a sole Fiat-sourced BS4-compliant 1.3-litre DDiS 200 four-cylinder diesel engine, which generates 89 hp power, and 200 Nm torque. However, since the manufacturer decided not to produce diesel engines in the BS6 era, the crossover will soon be launched with a new petrol powertrain.
Maruti Suzuki has officially unveiled the S-Cross with the BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine, paired with the SHVS mild-hybrid technology. This is the same engine that is on offer with the Ciaz, and puts out 103.25 hp of maximum power, and 138 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with a 4-speed AMT.
Cosmetically, the S-Cross retains its design, both externally as well as internally. The car sports a chrome-surrounded grille, with vertical chrome inserts, which is flanked by LED projector headlamps on each side. The diamond-cut machined alloy wheels give the bold and robust car a premium appeal.
Maruti Suzuki offers the S-Cross with features like a cruise control, push button start/stop, automatic climate control, a semi-digital instrument cluster, rain sensing wipers etc. Apart from that, the car comes equipped with Maruti Suzuki’s Smarplay 7-inch touchscreen infotainment, that comes integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
On the safety front, Maruti Suzuki offers the S-Cross with dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seat belt pre-tensioners with force limiters as standard. Maruti Suzuki retailed the BS4-compliant diesel variants of the S-Cross in the range of Rs 8.85 lakh to Rs 11.49 lakh (ex-showroom). However, the new BS6 petrol trims will be slightly more affordable.
The BS6-compliant S-Cross will continue to rival the likes of other crossovers in the Indian market including the Hyundai i20 Active, Honda WR-V, along with sub-compact SUVs like Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue etc.
Apart from the S-Cross Petrol Smart-Hybrid, Maruti Suzuki has also showcased a host of other cars at the 2020 Auto Expo, including the Futuro-e electric SUV concept, which will likely spawn a production-ready EV in the near future.