Maruti Suzuki’s nationwide Nexa showrooms have started accepting orders for the S-Cross facelift officially and it will go on sale very soon with minor changes compared to existing pricing. Despite being the first product ever to be introduced in Nexa, the S-Cross has not been able to set the cash registers ringing so far going by the brand’s sales standards. The updated crossover hopes to change all that and we think it has the pedigree to do so. Here are the top ten changes you need to know on the 2017 S-Cross facelift:
1. Striking New Front Fascia:
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross features a myriad of exterior changes including a more aggressive front grille in line with its European counterpart. The front portion now gets a ten-slat chromed out grille alongside a bold faux skid plate and front bumper with plastic cladding, an aggressive bonnet section and large air dam.
2. Redesigned Upmarket Exterior:
Going to the sides, the new S-Cross comes with newly designed alloy wheels, significant shoulder lines and flared wheel arches. At the rear, the facelifted crossover gains roof-mounted spoiler, new tailgate, new bumper, silver skid plate and integrated brake lamps. The modifications have brought an upmarket feel to the S-Cross while most importantly making a muscular look out of it that bodes well with the competition.
3. Inclusion Of Visual Enhancements:
The headlamps are new projector units with a sporty smoky demeanour and there is also presence of LED Daytime Running Lights. A new set of fog lamps is another subtle addition while the reworked wing mirrors get integrated turn indicators that can be electrically adjusted.
Moreover, Maruti Suzuki has worked on applying a better road presence to the crossover and thus introduced a wider 215/60 section 16-inch wheels with new design in a two-tone finish. Topping off the improved styling are the shuffled brake lights and new LED tail lamps.
4. Revised Interior:
The updated cabin is going to be a major selling point for the S-Cross facelift in our opinion while bearing in mind that there are only subtle changes carried out. Stepping in, you will be greeted with a revised dashboard with new satin chrome finish elevating the premium nature. Besides, there are improved soft touch materials amidst a neatly laid out centre console finished in piano black colour.
The upholstery has seen revision as well while the seats are brand new with the armrest completed in leather material. The cabin is designed to offer better comfort to the occupants and give an immersive experience according to Maruti Suzuki.
5. Added Features:
The equipment list in nothing but extended to accommodate the ‘must-have’ and other features. For instance, the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system remains the same but it now gets Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto.
Other significant features are rear armrest with cup holders, automatic climate control, engine push button start-stop, parking sensors, reverse parking camera, cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel, door armrest with leather finish, leather seat upholstery, etc.
6. Brimmed Safety Features:
The facelifted S-Cross is built on Suzuki’s TECT body and as standard the crossover features dual front air bags and ABS with EBD along with ISOFIX child mounts as well as seat belts pre-tensioners with force safe limiters. Additionally, the S-Cross has full frontal impact, pedestrian protection, side impact and frontal offset impact compliance.
7. SHVS Mild Hybrid Technology:
The substantial inclusion to the S-Cross lineup mechanically is the incorporation of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology. It is a mild hybrid system that works in a certain way to regenerate power and help boost acceleration – not as performance kicker but to improve fuel economy.
The three main features in the SHVS tech are Idle Start Stop that automatically stops the engine when in neutral and restarts at the press of the clutch; the Engine Assist aids during acceleration while the Brake Energy Regeneration stores power in the battery for helping the other two factors. With this tech, normally Maruti Suzuki claims that it can reduce an overall weighted average CO2 by over 15 percent due to improvements in conserving fuel.
8. Only One Engine Option:
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross derives power from the same 1.3-litre DDiS 200 diesel engine making 89 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm while the bigger and more powerful Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre DDiS 320 diesel developing 118 bhp and 320 Nm is ditched and it will likely make for a new in-house built 1.5-litre unit later in S-Cross’ lifespan.
However, the biggest change to the DDiS 200 motor is the presence of SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology that helps improve fuel economy as in the Ciaz.
9. Only One Gearbox Option:
Maruti Suzuki seems to be contending with the gearbox option for the S-Cross. The 1.3-litre four-cylinder DOHC diesel engine comes equipped with a five-speed manual transmission as its predecessor driving the front wheels. There won’t be any automatic or AMT transmission up on sale at the time of the launch. But, we can expect the leading automaker in the country to include an AMT in the near future.
10. Most Fuel Economical Crossover:
The Indo-Japanese company banks on its vehicles’ fuel economy all the time and that is why we do see majority of its cars lead the consumption chart. The S-Cross seems to be no different as the diesel engine has undergone slight improvements in mileage in the facelift. It will boast a class leading mileage of 25.1 kmpl and it will be a major USP factor.