There was a time when Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) were preferred by those who had off-roading on their routine most of the days and also, there were restricted sales owing to huge price tags. In short, SUVs were for the niche India. If we consider the quality of roads in our country, the massive population of people who like SUVs is not wrong in opting them. And the auto industry understands the scenario, which has made way introduction of cars that are not too big to handle or gas-guzzlers. Speaking of which, cars like Hyundai Creta have registered a huge success and while the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is not part of the same segment, it also garnered similar customer response. It may be a sub-four metre, but in terms of price, higher variants of the Vitara Brezza are comparable to lower variants of the Creta and hence customers have greater choice. When it comes to choice in this segment, new to this party are Renault Captur and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift.
While the previous S-Cross could not gather much positive response due to its un-SUV like appearance, the S-Cross facelift seems to have overcome in the areas it lacked in. The French brand's entrant in the segment, the Captur too seems like a promising deal and so, an addition of a whole lot of confusion for anyone looking forward to purchasing one of these. Hence, allow us to clear the picture a little.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The S-Cross facelift, which gets a mid-cycle rework, has gotten more rounded and has a bigger front face that takes away from the slim profile it had before. The S-Cross facelift will carry forward the dash from previous generations. This includes a centre touchscreen with Maruti’s own UI. Instead of the 1.6-litre engine, it was powered by previously, the S-Cross facelift carries a 1.3-litre engine with the SHVS technology from the Ciaz. The engine produces 89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. The S-Cross facelift is not available with automatic transmission. The S-Cross carries a price tag ranging from Rs 8.27 to Rs 10.92 lakh (ex-showroom).
Following Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the Creta looks proportionate. The balance of chrome and plastic is quite right as well. The Creta does have quite nice an interior and gets a 7-inch touchscreen with Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play.The Creta’s engine array strategy sets it apart with two diesel units and a petrol unit. There's choice of a 1.4-litre diesel that produces 89 bhp and 224 Nm, a 1.6-litre diesel unit that makes 126 bhp and 265 Nm and a 1.6-litre petrol unit that churns out 122 bhp and 154 Nm. It is also available with automatic transmission. It is priced at a range of Rs 9.46 to Rs 14.42 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Captur is based on the Duster MO platform and has projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a large grille. It will be launched with a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The petrol engine sheds a max power of 104 bhp and 142 Nm of torque mated to a 5-Speed manual gearbox while the diesel unit makes 108 bhp and 240 Nm of torque and gets a six-speed manual transmission. The interior of the Captur is finished in dual-tone black and white shades with the centre console finished in piano black. It gets the same infotainment as in the Renault Duster and Renault Kwid. Although the Captur has not been launched yet, expect it to be priced between Rs 7-14 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza has classic styling of an SUV with simple boxy lines. And now Maruti is offering the Brezza with their i-create platform which allows personalisation. The Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.2-litre diesel engine that produces 90 hp and 200 Nm of torque. It is only available with a manual transmission. It also comes with cruise control, which makes it the only car in the segment to offer the feature. The Brezza only gets Apple Car play and Mirror link. It is retailed at a price range of Rs 7.38 to 10.1 lakh (ex-showroom).