In June 2018, YoY sales performance of the Maruti S-Cross suffered a massive blow, which seems to be owing to the slowdown in the market and advent of new rivals
Last month, the Maruti S-Cross, which is the flagship product from the country’s largest-selling car manufacturer, registered a huge sales drop of 67% on the YoY basis. Compared to the 4,128 units sold in June 2018, the company could find only 1,359 buyers for its crossover last month.
The huge drop in the popularity of the Maruti S-Cross could be due to two reasons – a general slowdown in the auto sector of India and the high-interest people have been showing in models like the MG Hector and the Kia Seltos. Another small reason could be the uncertainty that prevails on the fate of the diesel engines.
Speaking of the oil burners, the Maruti S-Cross is powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces 90 PS and 200 Nm. As this motor won’t be capable of meeting the BSVI emission norms that come into play in April 2020, the company will introduce two new engine options for its flagship model.
One of these will be the 1.5-litre K15B petrol motor that powers the Ciaz and the Ertiga. This motor comes with SHVS mild-hybrid technology and is available with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. The motor outputs a maximum power of 104.7 PS and a peak torque of 138 Nm.
The other engine option will be the 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel motor that is currently available on the Ciaz. This engine produces 95 PS of maximum power and 225 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission but misses out on the SHVS mild-hybrid technology.
The new variants should be launched around the end of the current month. In all probability, the current 1.3-litre engine variant will continue to be on sale for some more months to come before being discontinued due to its unavailability to meet the stricter emission norms.