Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the all new S-Cross in India and has priced it at Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The S-Cross facelift will be available in four variants- Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha and it comes with a reworked body styling and some new features making it a better offering than before. Maruti Suzuki has worked quite a lot on the S-Cross facelift and the company, along with its suppliers, has invested over Rs 100 crore towards development of the new car because of which it comes with over 95% localizat ion. The new S-Cross facelift will continue to be retailed via Maruti’s premium dealership chain – Nexa and like the current Nexa products will boast some new premium features. For instance, the updated Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will come with an all-new face dominated by a new chrome grille and a pair of redesigned headlamps. Projector lights with LED DRLs, new beefier front bumper with a wider airdam, and restyled foglamps are some of the new addition we’ll see. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift will also feature a sportier set of alloy wheels and redesigned ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights. The top-spec model is likely to get LED taillamps, while there will be a revised rear bumper as well.
EXTERIORS AND STYLE
Designing has been a bit of a sore point of the S-Cross as it resembles a crossover and not an SUV. The facelift comes with a bigger 10-slat grille and larger headlamps which make the car look butch, on the side there’s cladding which further enhance the car’s appeal. On the back you get LED elements however housing remains the same. This time around, you also get wider tyres that provide better grip and improve the handling somewhat.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross images reveal its low profile and low ground clearance which give it a crossover-like stance. Front, in particular, bears resemblance with the dated SX4 sedan no more available in India. A set of projector head lights infused with LED daytime running lights is the first thing you would notice. Radiator grille in front comes with 10 vertical slats. Lower bumper comes equipped with fog lights surrounded by dash of chrome elements. The black cladding present all around lends the requisite sporty appearance. Side view is impressive. The SUV doesn’t seem to be under-tyred and the creases ascend from front to rear, stretched up till the tail lamps. Window frame gets four glass parts. The outside door handles and rear view mirrors are painted in body colour. ORVMs get integrated LED turn indicators and can be adjusted electrically. The 16-inch alloy wheels feature multiple spokes. Roof rails are equipped atop but they are not functional. Rear is impressive; the angular tail lights are striking while the integrated rear spoiler looks sporty. The M symbolizing Maruti has been dropped, featuring Suzuki’s S. Besides, a rear wiper, reflectors at the bottom of black bumper and a hint of silver insert ornate the rear profile. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Color options include Nexa Blue, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey, Premium Silver, Pearl Arctic White and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross variant options include Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
INTERIOR AND SPACE
The interiors are quite familiar and largely carried over, and, though there are more soft-touch materials, the overall cabin feels quite plasticky and lacks the luxury quotient of cars in this price bracket. The touchscreen display is the same, but it now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We had a go at the latter and found it nice to be able to use the phone functions from the car’s screen; but the system is a bit slow to respond. On the top two variants, the dashboard uses a new, high-gloss piano-black treatment and also gets some satin-polished chrome trim. If you opt for the top Alpha variant, you’ll get leather upholstery as well.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive and the driving position is quite adjustable thanks to rake and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The rear remains quite spacious and comfortable, but passengers at the back will miss having AC vents. The 375-litre boot houses an additional 12V power outlet and is large enough to hold luggage for a short vacation. The seats fold flat in a 60:40 split, allowing you to further increase space as needed.
The Maruti S-Cross has a good feature set in the top model, including auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and more. The switchgear is shared with most Maruti products and you don’t get the lovely full-colour multi-information display from the Baleno. Buyers at this price point will have liked the option of a sunroof too. Happily, the S-Cross now offers dual airbags, ABS and rear Isofix mounts as standard on all variants. The vehicle has been tested at Maruti’s state-of-the-art R&D facility at Rohtak and the company says it is fully compliant with the upcoming safety regulations, including frontal offset crash, side impact and pedestrian safety.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The Maruti S-Cross was launched with two diesel engines earlier, both sourced from Fiat, one being the 1.3-litre unit which needs no introduction while the other was the 1.6-litre unit that belted out 120 BHP and 320 Nm, it was quite a fun motor but being imported, was costly. Maruti has now ditched the big 1.6-litre oil burner and the S-Cross is now only available with a 1.3-litre engine.
Better known as DDiS 200, this motor, as you guessed it, produces 200 Nm of torque and 89 BHP of power. Changes have been made to this engine, it now gets SHVS aka Suzuki’s smart hybrid tech along with engine stop-start, brake energy regeneration and an integrated starter generator motor which has a mild torque assist function, thereby improving acceleration slightly. The most obvious benefit is a boost in fuel economy from the previously claimed 23.65 km/l to 25.1 km/l.
The 1.3-litre engine is more than up to the job to get the Maruti S-Cross moving as in city conditions, one won’t miss the bigger engine. However, out on the highway, the performance of the smaller diesel mill isn’t in the same league as it is slower to reach to the ton and thereafter as well. One needs to work the gearbox to extract the best from the engine, more so because there is low-end lag and the powetrain only wakes up past 2000 RPM, redlining all the way at 5300 RPM. NVH too isn’t the best and the engine has started to show its age with the drivetrain being quite vocal at high engine speeds. The 5-speed gearbox offers short throws but the shifts aren’t smooth and at times you have to try twice to get to a gear, the clutch is also on the heavier side.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Indians prefer buying an SUV these days, mostly due to the uneven road conditions. So Maruti Suzuki has also made sure on optimising the S-Cross’ McPherson struts and torsion beam coil spring suspension according to such road conditions. As a result, the S-Cross offers a comfortable ride even on rough tarmac and over small potholes. Sure there is side-to-side movement of passengers at slow speeds, but the damping settings are well adjusted to take such paths with ease. Still the suspension is a bit towards the firmer side, so sharper potholes do sent a jolt into the cabin. On the brighter side, this helps the S-Cross remain flat around corners and makes it stable at higher speeds. But then again, even if the steering has a good feedback, it would have been a delight if it would have been more direct. Nonetheless, the wider 215-section high profile JK tyres stick to the road like a slug and boost confidence to go around bends faster. The sure-footed crossover has all disc brakes with remarkable bite. Thanks to this combination, the S-Cross didn’t lose its poise even under hard braking.
Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.
Not much details of the Indian spec S-Cross is available at this moment but expect the facelift Crossover to get this completely new aggressive design which definitely has made the Crossover appear less like a sedan and more SUV’ish just like we mentioned earlier. The interior however won’t see much of change inside but expect it to get an updated infotainment system. The biggest change however is expected under the hood of the car, the facelift Crossover will most probably get a completely new 1.5 Litre petrol engine under the hood. However we also do feel that Maruti might also introduce the 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit as well which will debut in the India market with the all new Baleno RS in March.
Maruti Suzuki S Cross Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,94,414/- (S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma) to 11,66,611/- (S Cross DDiS 320 Alpha) .Maruti Suzuki S Cross has 5 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Maruti Suzuki S Cross comes in 5 colours, namely Urban Blue,Pearl Arctic White,Premium Silver,Caffeine Brown,Granite Grey.