Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.5L SHVS petrol engine will likely be good enough to produce 104.7 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has begun responding to the BSVI deadline of March 31, 2020 by upgrading its engines. The Alto 800 has received the 796 cc BSVI compliant unit, as does the Baleno with an all-new 1.2-litre DualJet petrol and the existing K-series 1.2-litre petrol meeting the stringent emission regulations.
While Maruti Suzuki will be discontinuing its diesel powertrains, there is no secret that the demand in particular segments could bring some of them back. The newly developed 1.5-litre DDiS 225 engine recently made its way into the Ciaz before getting plonked on to the Ertiga. Maruti Suzuki introduced the facelifted Ciaz in August 2018 and with it the new 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol SHVS engine.
In November 2018, the same engine was added to the new generation Ertiga’s lineup and the sales have been very good as nearly 9,000 units were sold in March 2019. The 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 104.7 PS and 138 Nm is expected to be introduced in the S-Cross very soon as well. It will help the crossover expand its range.
The S-Cross is priced between Rs. 8.86 lakh and Rs. 11.49 lakh (ex-showroom) currently in four variants. The new petrol unit will only help in offering more buying choices for the customers. It could be connected to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed torque converter automatic as an option.
The fate of the long-serving 1.3-litre diesel motor powering the S-Cross remains uncertain as well. Do not expect any cosmetic and interior changes to accompany the new engine inclusion as the S-Cross complies with the latest safety mandate already.
The Vitara Brezza is also receiving a petrol engine later this year and is part of the four launches planned for this year from the brand. The second generation Ertiga is receiving a Sport variant and it could be offered from the Nexa premium dealerships with six-seater layout. Moreover, the Concept Future S based production micro SUV will go on sale before the festive season.